Actility and machinestalk partner to launch national LoRaWAN™ network for the internet of things in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and machinestalk, the leading IoT solutions provider, today announce they are working together to begin the roll-out of a large-scale LoRaWAN network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The partnership will combine the expertise of Actility with machinestalk’s market-leading IoT platform and solutions and will enable cutting-edge efficient and energy-saving IoT solutions and geolocation applications in the fields of smart cities and Industries, oil and gas, supply chain and logistics.

Managing Director Eng. Nawaaf Alshalani said, “We at machinestalk always seek to build and present an integrated ecosystem to our clients. As a result, we are collaborating with Actility to implement LoRaWAN network and LPWAN technologies, which will give an added value to the region as a whole, and enable the grow of the IoT market in the Kingdom in line with the 2030 Vision. Our studies and research indicate that 11% of IoT connections will use LPWAN technologies that serve applications and solutions that require low-cost, multi-year battery operation, long-range connectivity, and geolocation. We are proud of our partnership with Actility, a leading company in this field and a developer of ThingPark, the leading IoT platform. This collaboration will help us to provide better IoT services and solutions for various private, government, and semi-government sectors.” Eng. Nawaf added.

“We’re delighted to be working with machinestalk to begin the rollout of a LoRaWAN network in Saudi Arabia,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “As a provider of IoT solutions for over a decade, machinestalk really understands the needs of the key industrial sectors in the Kingdom. Not only oil and gas, which are clearly pivotal, but also other applications in the new domains being grown in response to the very forward looking Saudi Vision 2030. We believe that a this LPWAN communications network will be a powerful platform to accelerate the the implementation of that vision.”

machinestalk is planning to use the LoRaWAN infrastructure to facilitate the implementation of IoT solutions in industry sectors including oil and gas, smart city solutions, M2M, and industrial applications. For the oil and gas industry, the network will support services including smart level monitoring and smart metering, improving the end to end supply chain. From the smart city perspective, machinestalk will deploy services including smart lighting solution, environmental monitoring, smart parking systems and waste management solutions resulting in more green, efficient and connected cities in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.

GET Wireless selects Actility to power national LoRaWAN network in Tunisia

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GET Wireless selects Actility to power national LoRaWAN network in Tunisia

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and GET Wireless, North Africa’s leading network system integrator, today announced their partnership to develop a large scale IoT communication network in Tunisia, based on LoRaWAN™ technology and powered by the ThingPark platform. As a leader in integrating solutions and value added services for network operators throughout the Maghreb region, GET Wireless will be creating a platform for its customers to support applications ranging from smart grid to waste management and e-health.

“With the Tunisian IoT market now opened up for development by Mincom, the way is clear for our customers to begin to deploy services, which they want to do as swiftly and efficiently as possible to take advantage of this new market,” said Malek Ben Jalel, VP Presales of Get Wireless. “We believe that Actility’s platform will allow us to quickly install and easily maintain a best in class product for our customers. Actility has the experience gained as a founding member of the LoRa Alliance and a veteran of many large scale network rollouts worldwide, which gives us confidence in its ability to deliver the best solutions, and the value of its shared insight into successful business strategies for the IoT.”

“We’re very excited to be working with GET Wireless to begin the deployment of a large-scale LPWA network in Tunisia,” said Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “The entire continent is gearing up to provide smart services founded on the intelligence offered by the IoT powered by our ThingPark platform. The ability of the IoT to improve the quality of life for everyone is widely recognised throughout Africa, and the region is fast becoming one of the leading engines for IoT adoption and growth worldwide. We’re convinced that GET Wireless, with its experience in delivering customer solutions and portfolio of leading technology partners, is well placed to accelerate the deployment of IoT solutions in Tunisia and beyond.”

GET Wireless is expecting to see its customers deploying IoT solutions in smart grid, for metering and managing energy demand and distribution capacity, in waste management, where the location capabilities of networks powered by the ThingPark platform will enable management and optimization of waste collection routes in real time, and in e-health. As the first Actility Gold Partner in Africa, GET Wireless will focus on delivering what is best for our customers in our area.

Inmarsat and Actility deploy city-wide Internet of Things network in Kigali to support smart city initiative

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Inmarsat and Actility deploy city-wide Internet of Things network in Kigali to support smart city initiative

The LoRaWAN infrastructure will enable the development of innovative IoT applications for Smart Africa’s flagship smart city project in Kigali, Rwanda

11 May 2017: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) will deploy LoRaWAN (a form of LPWAN or Low Power Wide Area Network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital’s flagship smart city project. The network, which will be active for an initial period of a year from 1st May, will be the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and will provide a blueprint for smart city projects throughout Africa. The deployment coincides with the Transform Africa Summit (10-12th May), a forum that will bring together African Presidents, other dignitaries, and leading technology innovators, to discuss plans for building a smarter Africa.

The LoRaWAN network has been developed in partnership with Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks for industrial IoT, and a business that Inmarsat has recently invested in. The solution will provide city wide coverage that enables a variety of organisations to develop and deploy IoT applications on a large scale, as well as allowing entrepreneurs to easily connect their front-end IoT devices through a middleware layer. Applications could address any number of urban needs, including transport, utilities, health and education.

To demonstrate the IoT’s transformative potential, Inmarsat will, in conjunction with partners such as Actility and Jersey Telecom, deploy a number of proof of concepts and technology demonstrations around Kigali. These include: environmental monitoring that will include sensors being deployed in buildings to monitor air quality, a smart bus equipped with satellite internet providing ubiquitous connectivity for remote communities, the smart bus will be LoRaWAN enabled providing real-time data acquisition in communities that it services; and a precision farming initiative, intended to increase crop yield and better manage water resources.

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, elaborated on the significance of the smart city initiative: “Whilst many commentators have enthused about the possibilities of the IoT for the urban environment, from increasing utility usage efficiency to enabling a smooth network of autonomous cars, the reality is that it is still relatively untested and in its infancy. Kigali is taking the lead with its smart city project, creating an IoT ecosystem where both private and government organisations can experiment with this technology in a vibrant and lively city. The project will therefore begin to take the potential of this exciting technology beyond futurist visions and into a real world scenario and we look forward to seeing the creativity of Kigali’s many entrepreneurs, students, and businesses unleashed on the IoT network.”

Creating an IoT ecosystem across an entire city requires smart connectivity to a reliable network. 

Gudonis spoke about Inmarsat’s and Actility’s role in enabling this: “The ambitious scope of the Kigali smart city project has implications for the kind of infrastructure that needs to be in place, with a requirement for stability and speed when dealing with large and complex data volumes across an urban environment. We worked closely with Actility to bring their large-scale LPWAN expertise together with our satellite networks, building this vital framework all within a single network.”

“We believe passionately in the power of the IoT to transform cities, industries, and agriculture,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “But more importantly, we think IoT can change people’s lives for the better, and nowhere more so than here in Africa. We’ve come here to learn, and are proud to support this initial network rollout as the foundation on which smart cities across Africa will be able to build better futures for their citizens.”

As part of the Transform Africa Summit, the Kigali smart city project is intended to shine a light on the possibilities that technology offers the continent. 

Dr Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director at Smart Africa, the summit’s organiser, commented further: “We at Smart Africa are very pleased with our partnership with Inmarsat. Africa’s single digital market can be a reality with such partner. The time is right. Africa is on the rise. African ingenuity has sometimes been restricted by the infrastructure available to us in the past, but now new possibilities are opening up as technology transforms how our cities operate.

“The Kigali project will expose a new generation of students, business leaders, and technologists to the potential of the IoT, and will create demand for innovative solutions to common urban issues in countries and cities all over Africa. Inmarsat and Actility have built the gateway to a smarter future for our cities.”

Actility acquires Abeeway, creating a world-leading portfolio of location technologies

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Actility acquires Abeeway, creating a world-leading portfolio of location technologies

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Actility CTO Olivier Hersent (centre left) welcomes Abeeway founder Florian Sforza (centre right) to the Actility team (Photo: Éole – http://eole.me – for Actility)

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) today announces that it has acquired Abeeway, the geolocation system specialist. By combining Abeeway’s patented location software and innovative products with the power of Actility’s ThingPark platform, the acquisition will give Actility a best in class portfolio of IoT location services to support service providers and IoT solution vendors across a wide range of industry sectors. The acquisition is Actility’s first following a $75m. fundraising round supported by new and existing investors, which is intended to enhance its technology portfolio and accelerate worldwide growth.

“We’re seeing massive demand for location-aware IoT solutions from industry,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “We’ve been rapidly developing our ThingPark Location platform to deliver powerful tools to service providers and our customers in the tracking ecosystem. As a long-time partner with Abeeway, we saw great potential in adding their patented assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology and expertise in tracking to the capabilities of our ThingPark platform. This combination offers game-changing geolocation capabilities from an accuracy, speed, power consumption and TCO standpoint. We’re creating an IoT location platform that will enable a revolution in the logistics and supply chain sector. In fact, we think that geolocation and tracking are potentially the killer app for the whole of the Internet of Things.”

Abeeway is already a market leader in tracking devices offering on-demand geolocation, movement alerts or geofencing. These trackers use GPS signals to determine their location, but energy-efficient LoRaWAN communication to pass that location to a tracking application, so in comparison with trackers using cellular networks, they offer much longer battery life. 

Since the first LoRaWAN tracker was presented by Abeeway in 2015, Abeeway has continuously improved IoT tracking solutions, developing the first patented low power GPS (A-GPS for IOT) as well as data fusion to optimize localization & power consumption.

Major players have already selected Abeeway products such as the Master Tracker and Micro Tracker. Becoming part of Actility’s rapid growth will allow us to leverage their market leading LPWA platform and global reach to satisfy the massive market demand for IoT location use cases. Abeeway products will also continue to be available for every LPWAN network.

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The unique advantage of our platform is its ability to serve a huge variety of use cases by combining different location technologies including network-based TDoA location, GPS and A-GPS, Bluetooth beacons and wi-fi “sniffing."

Our customers can optimise their solutions to precisely match the requirements of their target use cases.

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The key innovation developed by Abeeway, providing a powerful competitive advantage to Actility location services, is an assisted GPS technology specifically optimized for LoRaWAN, which allows fewer satellites to be used for a fix and reduces the GPS lock time to a few seconds. The power required for both GPS signal acquisition and processing is reduced: this combination results in a dramatic increase in battery life, by an order of magnitude versus existing GPS location technology.

“We’re delighted to be bringing the Abeeway team and portfolio on board to pioneer this next evolution of IoT technology. Together we’re going to create a truly revolutionary global capability for the next generation of IoT solutions” concludes Actility CEO Mike Mulica.

ThingPark Location services will be accessible through APIs, which, coupled with the bidirectional capability of the LoRaWAN link, will allow developers to manage geolocation according to the needs of their application. For example, in an asset tracking and theft prevention scenario, the application may use low-power consumption network-based location to “geofence” a vehicle, raising an alert only when it strays outside a defined area. But if the vehicle breaks through that geofence, then the application can request regular GPS-based location updates to enable the vehicle to be traced in real time and recovered.

Actility energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally

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Actility energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has successfully completed its Series D funding round, raising $75M to enhance its portfolio of IoT solutions. The company’s expansion will focus on enabling industrial IoT solutions in key verticals: logistics and supply chain; smart buildings; and energy & utilities. In the first closing, Creadev, Bosch and Inmarsat are among the new investors, alongside existing investors such as Idinvest, Bpifrance, Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange Digital Ventures, Swisscom and Foxconn. A second closing later this month will see additional strategic investors joining the company in support of this over-subscribed capital raise, which was achieved by the company without involving banks.

Since the 2015 Series C financing, Actility has become the clear leader in global IoT solutions based on LoRaWAN, a dedicated radio network protocol for the IoT, co-invented by Actility. Today, the ThingPark platform is powering most national and large-scale LPWA rollouts worldwide. ThingPark has grown increasingly more industrial, supporting LoRaWAN, LTE-M and NB-IoT, becoming the most powerful IoT service orchestration platform available today. 

In addition, thanks to a cohesive software stack comprising the ThingPark OS service and business support manager, ThingPark X application integration enabler, and the ThingPark Market ecosystem-wide e-commerce platform, Actility stands alone as the sole turn-key IoT ecosystem enablement platform supporting sensor to cloud application solution on-ramping and monetisation through the entire life cycle of automated connected object management and monetisation. At the same time, the company has seen demand for IoT solutions growing rapidly around the world. The emergence of China as a vital market for IoT and rich source of ecosystem partners will accelerate the rapid adoption of LPWA technology globally.

“This funding will enable us to grow our IoT technology and ecosystem platform faster to meet the needs of service providers, solution providers and enterprises in large industry verticals, for example rolling out our disruptive global location and tracking service more quickly,” explains Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “It will also allow us to accelerate our strategy for the US, and build strength in China. And last but by no means least, it will enable us to look at strategic acquisitions to broaden our technology portfolio and cement our leadership in LPWA.”

Florent Thomann, a member of Creadev’s management board, and in charge of new digital models, says: “We have been looking the best project in the business of connectivity for the IoT for a while. In Actility, we found a company that offers an ideal solution and has made the perfect technology choices in LPWA and LTE-M to meet that growing connectivity market. We are convinced by both the company and its management, which shows a real visionary insight into the technology and business models and the way that connectivity will evolve. Furthermore, Actility’s team is proving to be particularly agile at innovation, adapting to new technologies very efficiently. We are pleased to bring our culture of ambition, support and sharing best business practice to help nurture Actility’s long-term growth.”

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, commented: “Inmarsat sees a great deal of potential in Actility, and its expertise in global IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN, makes it a natural fit for our investment. There are clear synergies between us, namely the ability to deliver innovative connectivity services to customers in remote locations, creating the potential for a global IoT network. To this end, we recently developed our LoRaWAN-based network in partnership with Actility to enable IoT to reach every corner of the globe. We have many more projects planned with Actility and we are excited to support the company’s rapid growth as it continues to make great strides in the IoT arena. This market is rapidly maturing and Actility, with its growing ecosystem of partners, is ideally positioned to take advantage of this for the benefit of businesses across a variety of industries.”

Cyril Vancura, Investment Principal at Bosch, explains the company’s investment: “Actility is the clear leader in the emerging LoRaWAN ecosystem for IoT applications and has exhibited impressive growth in the past. We are excited to support the company on the next phase of this journey.” Bosch Managing Partner Ingo Ramesohl adds, “IoT is a strategically important field to Bosch. Our company already has a wide offering in fields such as connected manufacturing, mobility, connected energy, smart building, and connected buildings. As such, we think that there will be substantial collaboration opportunities between Actility and Bosch in the future.”

Anne-Sophie Carrese, Investment Director at Bpifrance, comments, “We congratulate Actility on the considerable distance they have covered since their creation in 2010. The company has gone through major changes ever since and has established a solid international commercial portfolio to build on in the coming months and years. We are proud to being able to provide our financial support and our knowledge to Actility, which entirely fits with our funding strategy and philosophy. The Ecotechnologies fund of Bpifrance, who initiated their engagement with Actility in 2012, has the ambition to continue helping to transform the company from a start-up into the worldwide leader of IoT.”

“We believe that Actility continues to be a world leader in networking for the internet of things,” says Matthieu Baret, partner at Idinvest Partners, ”and we’re excited to be able to support the company’s global growth. We’re also very pleased to see that Actility is maintaining that tradition of technology leadership, both in adopting other 3GPP network technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT, and developing business solution enablers like roaming and location and tracking. We believe the company is well-placed to be at the forefront of the internet of things revolution for the enterprise.”

Pierre Louette, Deputy CEO of Orange and President of Orange Digital Ventures comments: “We are happy to be strengthening our support for Actility through this new fundraising round, which clearly demonstrates the ability of corporate venturing to help scale-up innovative new companies. Orange Digital Ventures was an early believer in Actility’s management team and in the potential of LoRaWAN technology; this confidence has now been confirmed as the company continues to expand internationally. Today, Orange is one of Actility’s main customers in France and we hope to extend this partnership in other countries across our footprint in Europe and Africa. We are convinced that a growing number of industries will imagine powerful industrial use-cases that are made possible through Actility’s market-leading platform. Orange will continue to lend its support in bringing such IoT solutions to its enterprise customers. We are not at dawn of the next industrial revolution — we are already in it!”

“Since our last investment, in July 2015, Actility has made tremendous progress,” observes Ginko Ventures’ Managing Partner Dominique Pitteloud, “both in terms of global deployment with many of the largest IoT networks, and has extended its product portfolio to become a general purpose IoT platform which is radio-agnostic and supports vital capabilities such as location and roaming. We are proud to be able to continue to support the company’s further development and growth.”

“We’re excited to be an investor as well as one of Actility’s first customers with a nation-wide deployment of LPWAN “explains Stefan Kuentz, Investment Director Swisscom Ventures. “The management team has a compelling vision with a proven ability to execute globally within a short time span. We are looking forward to supporting the company into its next growth stage.”

Herman Kienhuis, Managing Director KPN Ventures, adds “Actility is the clear industry leader in LPWAN networking technology to connect devices to the internet. Through powerful partnerships, Actility is building a truly global IOT network. KPN has been working together closely with Actility in rolling out KPN’s nationwide internet of things network in The Netherlands. We see that the market for connected devices is developing rapidly and a wide range of valuable use cases is emerging, from gathering data for energy and waste management to equipment tracking, and from dike monitoring to parking sensors. KPN Ventures is happy to support Actility in its further growth as part of the strong investor syndicate as well.”

South Korea’s Dreamline is the first partner to join Actility’s ThingPark Business Accelerator Programme

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South Korea’s Dreamline is the first partner to join Actility’s ThingPark Business Accelerator Programme

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Dreamline (CEO Hyung-suk Kim) has signed a business collaboration with Actility, a global leader in LPWA network infrastructure and service platforms, and announced that Dreamline will launch an IoT (Internet of Things) business.

Dreamline will build a nationwide IoT network powered by Actility’s ThingPark platform.In future, Dreamline aims to provide both the network and solutions for a wide range of IoT services.  Major services include gas and water telemetry, equipment management (remote monitoring, control and tracking), location services to protect the elderly and children, and infrastructure (road and tunnel) monitoring.

Dreamline is also the first partner to take advantage of Actility’s ThingPark Business Accelerator programme, which harnesses Actility’s global experience of enabling LPWA networks to speed the intital deployment and commercialisation of networks for new network operator partners. 

“The ThingPark Business Accelerator eliminates the bottlenecks that impede customer success,” explains Actility’s Von Cameron. “We can help develop a strong business case, foster and manage a broad component ecosystem, define proper network configuration, spearhead deployment with “ready-to-go” use cases, and support ongoing operations – all in a fraction of the time and money it would take to leverage a cellular or traditional IoT network.”

Dreamline is a telecommunication service provider with a nationwide optical fiber cable network in South Korea. It provides private lines, Internet lines, and internet telephony services to major domestic companies. Actility is the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), powering almost half of all large-scale and national LoRaWAN networks worldwide. ThingPark by Actility offers a carrier-grade IoT platform, with a growing ecosystem of partners. Actility also offers a B2B e-commerce market featuring tested and approved IoT device, connectivity, and application partners, which will be leveraged by Dreamline in the Korean market.

“Dreamline expects to be able to provide a stable IoT service by signing a business agreement with Actility, Dreamline is planning to transform from a fixed-line operator to a wired and wireless operator through the development of the IoT business. ” Kim Hyung-suk, CEO of Dreamline “We’re excited to be working with a company like Dreamline, which is going drive innovation in the business model of IoT networks, and we welcome our first partner to take advantage of our ground-breaking ThingPark Business Accelerator.” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica.

Cougar Automation brings Actility LPWA IoT solutions to UK as first Gold Solution Partner

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Cougar Automation brings Actility LPWA IoT solutions to UK as first
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Mark Maidman meets Cougar Automation

Industry 4.0 Summit, Manchester, 4th April 2017: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces that Cougar Automation, one of the UK’s largest independent control system integrators, has become its first Gold Partner in the UK, and will be offering IoT solutions powered by Actility’s ThingPark platform. Cougar and Actility are showcasing solutions at the Industry 4.0 Summit, and can be found on Stand Q30.

“ThingPark will allow us to provide our clients with a host of new business advantages,” says Simon Pape, Business Development Manager at Cougar. “It lets them have low-power wide-area connectivity, and manage thousands of sensors and connected items across the Internet of Things. We’ll be able to help them increase the efficiency and reliability of their factories and industrial plants across a range of sectors, improve safety and create new business opportunities.”

Cougar Automation is a well-established, reliable and sought-after supplier of System Integration Services, including industry-leading expertise in tailoring programs based on the Internet of Things. Their team of more than 100 engineers has been offering such services as industrial control and automation, cyber security and safety for more than 25 years from their offices across the UK.

“We’re delighted to have Cougar on board to bring the power of LPWA and ThingPark to industrial IoT projects in the UK,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Their unrivalled expertise in control and automation will leverage the power of our platform to deliver outstanding solutions for customers, and their commitment to support those customers is second to none. This partnership is a clear indicator of the fact that LoRaWAN is now mainstream as a way of serving the growing appetite for complete industrial IoT solutions.”

Actility’s solution partner programme supports sales of ThingPark-powered IoT solutions by providing an extensive knowledge base, training resources, access to marketing resources and tools to help design, demonstrate and price a proposal. As` a Gold Partner, Cougar will also benefit from high visibility within the ThingPark ecosystem, access to a pipeline of ThingPark leads, and easy-to-use and rich APIs to develop their own tools and applications.

“Actility brings an unrivalled level of innovation to our service offerings,” says Simon. “We’re pleased to be partnering with an organisation that understands what our customers need to function at peak performance levels. And they bring the highest devotion to customer service, which is a perfect match for our culture at Cougar.“

Inmarsat and Actility empower next generation of students in Rwanda to harness the IoT for a more sustainable future

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Inmarsat and Actility empower next generation of students in Rwanda to harness the IoT for a more sustainable future

23 May 2017: Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the commencement of its Smart Cities Education Programme, a range of initiatives supported by Actility, designed to educate and empower the next generation of students and entrepreneurs in Africa. The programme, which has been launched initially in Rwanda but will be replicated in other countries in the continent, aims to accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city solutions, providing the foundations for a more sustainable future.

Coinciding with Smart Africa’s Transform Africa Summit 2017, the programme will expose young Rwandans to the transformational capabilities of IoT. It will include a three-month student internship, an IoT boot camp for students and entrepreneurs, and a partnership with the winner of Rwanda’s 2016 Ms Geek competition. In addition to providing knowledge, mentoring and coaching, Inmarsat and Actility have deployed LoRaWAN infrastructure around the city of Kigali for an initial period of a year, which will provide an IoT network for students to explore ideas and enable them to deploy their innovative ideas in the a real-life environment.

Inmarsat is mentoring Rosine Mwiseneza, the winner of Ms Geek 2016 – an annual competition designed to inspire female university students to employ technology to overcome issues faced by Rwandans. Specifically, Inmarsat is collaborating with Rosine and her team to implement a prototype IoT-based agricultural irrigation solution for potential commercialisation. The goal is to create a scalable solution that can be used across Rwanda as well as Africa and the rest of the world, thanks to Inmarsat’s global networks.

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, commented: “These types of initiatives are about overcoming the challenges Rwanda faces by providing students and the next generation of entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools they need to create a more sustainable future. Equipping students with the means to experiment with precision farming techniques has the potential to completely rewrite agriculture as Rwanda knows it. But beyond that, we want to expose students to the art of the possible and get them thinking about how IoT can drive innovation across all sectors. I expect we’ll see students imagining new and novel IoT solutions, many of which we may not have even considered yet.”

Inmarsat is also offering a three-month internship to one student from the Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Kigali. The selected student will learn about the importance of satellite communications in the IoT ecosystem and will work with the Ministry of Youth and ICT to initiate some early IoT deployments. The intern will be responsible for managing the network, the application layer and the sensors involved in these deployments.

Additionally, Inmarsat hosted an IoT developer boot camp, supported by FabLab, IoT networking partner Actility and ICT Chamber. The boot camp took entrepreneurs, developers and students through a complete IoT journey, demonstrating how to build sensors, how to collect and analyse the data, the applications involved and how to build them, along with an exploration of different agricultural and environmental use cases.

Actility and Ginko Ventures launch ThingPark China to support rapid development of LPWA IoT in China

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Actility and Ginko Ventures launch ThingPark China to support rapid development of LPWA IoT in China

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), has announced it will co-invest in a new corporate entity called ThingPark China, along with Ginko Ventures, in a move to speed the deployment of LPWA across China. The establishment of ThingPark China is another major step taken by Actility to develop comprehensive end-to-end IoT solutions that are dedicated to the Chinese market and its users.

ThingPark is a leading IoT solution launched by Actility, providing services to a wide range of customers in Europe, China, Australia, Japan and the Americas. China is an opportunity like no other in the IoT market and it is estimated that one third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices in 2020 will be in the PRC. Actility and Ginko Ventures today announced they have appointed Mr. Bing Liu as the Chief Executive Officer of ThingPark China. Liu will be responsible for defining the company’s long-term strategic plan, developing products and business solutions, and managing its general operations.

Referring to his new appointment at ThingPark China, Mr. Bing Liu said:“The global deployment of LPWA is ushering in an important turning point in large-scale IT deployments. Additionally, vertical application development and production have entered a critical stage of commercial operation. Actility has always been focused on the development and progress of IoT, and the ThingPark solution has become the first choice of many top-tier communication operators and companies.”

“Ginko Ventures’ strong capacities in investment and technology manufacturing will help to lay the foundation in promoting large-scale IoT development in China, and the integration of upstream and downstream resources. As an essential step to creating an IoT ecosystem, ThingPark China will actively cooperate with communication operators, system integrators, and corporate customers, and strive to upgrade the industrial infrastructure and large-scale IoT development in China.”

Before joining Actility, Liu served as the General Manager of Greater China for Jawbone, a leading global brand of consumer electronics and a pioneer in wearable technology. He also worked as the Vice President of Operations & General Manager at Technicolor (formerly also known as Thomson), building Technicolor’s Asia Pacific operations and supply chain from ground up. In his earlier career, Liu also worked and served in key engineering and operation positions in companies such as Motorola and Lucent Technologies.

“Over the past 20 years, Bing has served in a number of roles in general management, production and business development, sales operations and supply chain in the areas of hi-tech, wireless and telecommunication and consumer electronics. He has successfully led large-scale business operation roll-out and expansion, team building and organizational development for both multinationals and startups,” said Mike Mulica, CEO at Actility. “I believe that Bing will lead ThingPark China to huge success as a leading player in the IoT in the region.”

Avnet Silica, Actility and Trusted Objects demonstrate live secure provisioning for LoRaWAN

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Avnet Silica, Actility and Trusted Objects demonstrate live secure provisioning for LoRaWAN

Avnet Silica, Actility and Trusted Objects demonstrate an unrivalled level of end-to-end security between a LoRaWAN Visible Things™ sensor and a cloud-hosted backend over a ThingPark Wireless™ powered private network, thanks to a hardware-based security solution.

Avnet Silica, an Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) company, Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and Trusted Objects, a provider of secure firmware and security services, today announced the availability of a demonstrator showcasing hardware-secured Over-the-Air Activation of a LoRaWAN sensor with an Actility LoRaWAN Join Server also including Hardware Security Module (HSM) technology followed by end-to-end encrypted data exchange between the sensor and a cloud-hosted backend through Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT network platform.

The solution relies on the TO136-LoRaWAN-OTAA secure element, the only low-power secure element in the market,  which can secure battery-powered applications without impacting their battery life.

The TO136 secure element is mounted on Avnet Silica’s Visible Things™ LoRaWAN modem PMOD plugging into a temperature sensor. This sensor board connects wirelessly to an Actility base-station provisioned on ThingPark Wireless™ providing the LoRaWAN Join Server capability required by the Over-the-Air Activation and the link to a cloud-hosted control panel. Upon automatic LoRaWAN 1.0.2 compliant secure activation between the secure element on the device and Actility’s HSM (Hardware Security Module) in the network, the sensor is able to communicate privately end-to-end with the cloud-hosted backend without exposing any secret key at any time.

Guillaume Crinon, Innovation Technical Marketing Manager for security with Avnet Silica, comments: “After announcing the availability of our lowest power TO136-LoRaWAN family of secure elements, we are proudly demonstrating a typical use case of an Over-the-Air Activation of our Visible Things™ LoRaWAN PMOD over Actility’s network. Secret keys have been personalized at our factory and exchanged with Actility’s Join Server by means of a secure key-ceremony. We are now ready to roll-out with our LoRaWAN public and private network partners and customers bringing security on LoRaWAN networks to new heights.”

Olivier Hersent, founder and CTO of Actility, comments: “The latest ThingPark brings LoRaWAN security to a new maturity level. Our secured Join Server features carrier-grade network security through the use of FIPS certified Hardware Security Modules, and we are now integrating with Avnet/Trusted Objects secure elements on the device side. This will allow not only end to end data security from device to application servers, but also complete secured lifecycle management for high security use cases requiring the commissioning of symmetric keys on both device and network in an integrated way. The ThingPark solution integrated with secure element manufacturers will simplify the way device manufacturers can design in security, and makes LoRaWAN system security resistant not only to wiretapping, but also to direct hardware attacks.“

Hervé Roche, Vice-President of Marketing, Trusted Objects, adds: “Thanks to our partnership with Actility and Avnet Silica, we are proud to demonstrate that our security solution based on the TO136 Secure Element provides the root of trust allowing a highly secure over-the-air activation and an end-to-end secure data exchange between a LoRaWAN sensor and a cloud-hosted backend.  Specially customized to comply with LoRaWAN 1.0.2 specification, Trusted Objects hardware-based security solution is available to all developers of applications looking for enhanced security on LoRaWAN”.

TEKTELIC Communications and Actility deliver an end-to-end carrier-grade LPWAN solution for the North American IoT Market

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TEKTELIC Communications and Actility deliver an end-to-end carrier-grade LPWAN solution for the North American IoT Market

North American public and private network operators can now leverage a world-class fully integrated LoRaWAN IoT solution to accelerate their network and service rollout. 

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and TEKTELIC Communications, a major provider of industrial grade LoRaWAN IoT gateways, today announced that TEKTELIC’s industry-leading Kona Macro IOT Gateway is now fully integrated with Actility’s ThingPark™ Platform.  The combination of these two powerful solutions creates a highly differentiated end-to-end platform that provides significant and immediate benefits to network operators, including day-one scalability, carrier grade resiliency and rapid deployment, reducing the time required to on-board vertical IOT applications.

The Kona Macro is an advanced implementation of a 72 channel LoRaWAN gateway for the North American ISM band.  It supports a number of unique features that significantly improve RF performance.  It is the first LoRaWAN gateway on the market that supports Full Duplex operation which permits continuous reception on all 72 uplink channels, while allowing simultaneous transmission on all 8 of the downlink channels. 

By supporting two LoRa Antennas the Kona Macro can utilize antenna diversity to improve receiver performance in the presence of multipath fading and on the transmit side, multiple transmit channels can be utilized simultaneously resulting in much higher system downlink capacity. To mitigate out-of-band interference, the Kona Macro comes with built-in bandpass filters which reject the adjacent frequency bands (Paging, Cellular and others) resulting in superior performance of the overall system and network.

“The TEKTELIC Kona Macro, is an outstanding complement to our ThingPark Platform as it drives the type of scalability our solution was built to support.  This combination offers a superior solution for public and private service providers that need to deploy massive scalability,” says Boris Lacroix, EVP Products at Actility.

Actility’s ThingPark Suite enables scalable LPWA networks and interoperable IoT applications and services. ThingPark Wireless is a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity designed from the beginning for carrier-grade solutions, and already deployed in over half the national LPWA network rollouts globally. ThingPark OS is a central IoT management service to connect sensors to applications with bidirectional interactions. ThingPark X is a data analytics and control framework which exposes data from connected things to applications and connects with cloud platforms, and also offers off the shelf IoT industrial applications. ThingPark Market is a B2B ecommerce platform aggregating, distributing and connecting IoT devices and applications to the ThingPark platform.

“ThingPark offers a compelling platform with the most comprehensive suite of IoT software and applications. The class-leading features of the Kona Macro Gateway integrated on the ThingPark platform will make it quick and straightforward for our customers to deploy, manage, and monetise their LPWA Networks,” says Tektelic CTO David Tholl.

Multi-Tech LoRaWAN access point is now Actility ThingPark™ Connected

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Multi-Tech LoRaWAN access point is now Actility ThingPark™ Connected

Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. today announces that its new MultiConnect® Conduit™ AP Access Point for LoRa® Technology is now fully pre-configured and approved for Actility’s ThingPark™ Wireless Platform. The MultiConnect Conduit AP access point, based on the award-winning MultiConnect Conduit gateway, is cost-optimized to connect thousands of IoT assets to the cloud utilizing the power of LoRaWAN™, a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification deployed for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national and global networks. It is designed specifically to extend end-point density and improve network densification by providing deep in building coverage in difficult to reach areas where cell tower or rooftop deployments may not penetrate.

Actility is the industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large-scale infrastructure and the innovator behind the ThingPark Wireless Platform, a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform, which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. The new ThingPark certified Multi-Tech Conduit AP delivers an end-to-end solution for the fast growing LoRa ecosystem, opening a wide range of opportunities for innovative Smart City and Smart Building applications.

“MultiTech trusts Actility to provide network operators everything they need to deploy nation-wide, public, LoRa networks,” said Daniel Quant, ‎Vice President, Product Management and Strategic Marketing at MultiTech. “We are committed to providing operators “carrier-grade” products that are robust, high-quality and designed for long life in harsh environments.”

“We are delighted to add the MultiTech innovative LoRa access point to the fast-growing community of ThingPark Connected solutions,” comments Actility’s Christophe Francois, SVP marketing and Digital. “Its versatility in extending coverage in large scale networks and supporting enterprise requirements will be a great asset for ThingPark ecosystem customers to accelerate their IoT solution deployments around the world.”

The MultiConnect Conduit AP is available pre-configured to work with ThingPark right out-of-the-box, bringing flexibility to set up custom LoRaWAN coverage on any location. The gateway is available both on ETSI EU 868 MHz and sampling on US FCC 915 MHz spectrums. The integrated gateway will be commercially available as part of Actility’s end-to-end ThingPark Wireless network offering. Additionally, it will be available on through ThingPark Market, Actility’s ecosystem solution hub.

Actility ignites a revolution in logistics with a breakthrough IoT Geolocation and Tracking Solution

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Actility ignites a revolution in logistics with a breakthrough IoT Geolocation and Tracking Solution

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces the availability of a comprehensive geolocation and tracking solution platform offering breakthrough network-based location capability enabled by Cisco LoRaWAN network gateways and infrastructure. The ThingPark Location Service will be available to IoT solution providers and enterprise developers through a single API in ThingPark X, the company’s data mediation and enrichment platform.

“We believe that accurate location combined with LPWA networks are a game-changer in the logistics sector, delivering a revolution in precision and efficiency of resource and supply chain management.” explains Actility CEO Mike Mulica. 

“Geolocation and tracking could possibly be the biggest use case in the whole of the internet of things, based on the amount of interest we’re seeing in our location service portfolio. We are making asset tracking accessible to the global supply chain at very compelling cost and very long battery life for tracked devices, and of course with fine location granularity, all combined into a market-ready package with easy integration into existing enterprise management platforms and network solutions.”

Visitors to Actility’s booth at Mobile World Congress (8.C03) will be able to see the network based location solution in action, tracking vehicles and containers in the nearby Port of Barcelona. The system does not rely on dedicated tracking sensors. The signal from any LoRaWAN enabled device in the Port is received by several of the Cisco Interface Modules for LoRaWAN mounted throughout the facility. 

By precisely measuring the time it takes for that signal to reach each of the modules, the network is able to compute the distance to the device from each gateway and then “triangulate” its position. Since this solution does not require the connected device to be fitted with GPS, and the location calculation is done in the cloud, network-based geolocation carries no power penalty, and the lifetime of the device in the field is unaffected. Trackers capable of up to ten years in the field without maintenance are possible.

For many applications, the ability to locate an asset with minimal power usage is more critical than high precision accuracy – for theft prevention, for example, it is important to be sure that an asset is within a specific depot or site area, but not exactly where it is. For other live tracking applications, though, the exact location precision offered by GPS is necessary. To meet these high precision use cases, Actilty also integrates LoRa assisted GPS in its ThingPark Location Service. Dedicated tracking devices select relevant GPS signals to determine their location, and use energy-efficient LoRaWAN communication to pass location information to tracking applications. LoRA enabled GPS offers much longer battery life than comparable GPS trackers using mobile cellular modems.

“KPN believes localization is an important feature for a wide variety of LPWA use cases. Actility’s Thingpark Location Platform is as a very promising solution enabling geolocation, tracking and geofencing of assets in many industries,” comments Jacob Groote, EVP of Service Platforms at Actility customer KPN.

The complete Location Service will be available through a single ThingPark X API, which, coupled with the bidirectional capability of the LoRaWAN link, will allow developers to manage geolocation according to the needs of their application. For example, in an asset tracking and theft prevention scenario, the application may use low-power consumption network-based location to geo-fence a vehicle, raising an alert only when it strays outside a defined area. But if the vehicle breaks through that geo-fence, then the application can request regular GPS-based location updates to enable the vehicle to be traced in real time and recovered.

“We’re delighted to be pioneering this next evolution of IoT technology,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “We believe that this capability is a game changer for many industries, including logistics, supply chain management, precision agriculture, utilities and mining. It’s the “killer app” for industrial IoT.”

Actility’s ThingPark X IoT data mediation platform debuts connecting RS Components warehouse to the cloud intelligence of IBM

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Actility’s ThingPark X IoT data mediation platform debuts connecting RS Components warehouse to the cloud intelligence of IBM

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces the launch of ThingPark X, a data mediation and transformation platform. The first deployment will see RS Components (RS) combining LoRaWAN sensors with ThingPark X data connectors and IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and IBM Maximo Asset Management to enable predictive maintenance and process optimization in their Nuneaton warehouse. ThingPark X extends the ThingPark IoT Platform, allowing data from any device connected to a ThingPark-powered network to be aggregated, transformed, analysed and exposed to applications by standard APIs or delivered onward to third party cloud platforms such as IBM Bluemix.

RS is one of the world’s largest electronics and industrial components distributors, offering over 500,000 products to more than a million customers, and shipping over 44,000 packages a day. 

Paul Redmond, Business Relationship Manager at RS, is driving the company’s IoT initiative. Redmond is a leading proponent of IoT as a vehicle for reducing MRO costs for RS customers. “We are working with IBM Watson IoT and Actility ThingPark to put in place a LPWAN-to-cloud network in our 70,000 sq. feet warehouse in Nuneaton. This initiative has the potential to deliver hundreds of thousands of pounds of savings through the application of predictive maintenance to optimize performance and uptime, and Big Data to improve productivity, efficiency and energy sustainability.”

“ThingPark X allows our customers like RS Components to use the power of our platform to help turn data into valuable business insight,” explains Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “The real value in the IoT comes not from gathering millions or billions of data points, but from making sense of that data to drive real business value, by taking better decisions about maintenance or optimising processes. ThingPark X is a key element of that process, making a bridge for the data between the ThingPark Wireless IoT network and the applications our customers are using to analyse their data with their preferred cloud platforms host. We’re delighted to be able to harness the global reach of the ThingPark to the power of cloud platforms like IBM Bluemix to transform businesses around the world.”

ThingPark X provides tools to make the data from sensors more accessible and easily used by applications and services. It provides translation services, which allow a single application to seamlessly make use of data from devices that use different IoT communication protocols such as Zigbee and MBus. This data is accessible to developers through standardised APIs; developers can also call on dozens of APIs to control and manage actions from devices or network supervision systems. Within ThingPark X, there is a library of drivers and decoders for the most common LPWA devices, and modular analytics and control applications, for example predictive modelling algorithms, available to speed the development of end to end services. Finally, ThingPark X offers a range of “connectors” which transmit data to cloud platforms for easy ingestion by applications, and which can also route downlink data and control requests back from the cloud to the sensor or device connected to the LPWA network.

ThingPark X is a component of Actility’s ThingPark IoT platform, which also comprises ThingPark Wireless, which oversees the connection of devices and sensors to LPWA communication networks, and manages the network; ThingPark OS, which supports business processes and monetisation of networks; and ThingPark Market, an ecommerce engine for IoT devices, applications and connectivity.

“The launch of ThingPark X, and our engagement with the world’s largest cloud platforms, including IBM Bluemix, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Bosch IoT, ThingWorx, GE Predix and Daliworks, is the next step in our strategy to deliver the most comprehensive and global IoT solution platform,” says Actility SVP of Products Boris Lacroix. “But in line with our approach all along, that platform is modular, and embraces a broad range of partners in every strata of IoT activity. We want to allow our customers, and our partners’ customers, to be able to choose how to create the solution that’s right for their application, connecting them to the intelligence that’s available across the whole IoT ecosystem to drive the transformation of their business.”

Actility reveals ThingPark solution supporting seamless integration of 3GPP and LoRaWAN™ technologies

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Actility reveals ThingPark solution supporting seamless integration of 3GPP and LoRaWAN™ technologies

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces support for 3GPP LTE-M and NB-IoT technology within the ThingPark IoT software suite, allowing service providers to seamlessly deploy and manage networks combining LoRaWAN and NB-IoT LPWA using a single OSS/BSS, device management solution and data exposure interface. Visitors to Actility’s booth at MWC (8.0C3) will be able to see the seamlessly integrated dual-technology network in action, delivering data from LoRaWAN and 3GPP connected sensors through the same platform to a cloud host.

“Service providers are facing big challenges in integrating IoT devices on the required massively large scale, explains Actility SVP of Products, Boris Lacroix.  “At the same time as device ARPU is decreasing rapidly, the large number of transactions is increasing IT cost, OSS/BSS costs and MME/HSS licensing fees are dominating the business case, and expensive EPC upgrades are killing the early MTC revenue. Something has to change, and we believe our ThingPark EPC connector is that game changer. It will enable integrated networks, allowing operators to monetize existing R8-R11 networks and evolve towards future R13 deployments.”

The solution is available within Actility’s ThingPark IoT platform. Key features include: unified device management, with single layer provisioning for LoRaWAN and 3GPP Iot devices and automated SIM provisioning; integrated OSS/BSS offering unified connectivity management services and unified LPWA billing, traffic shaping and policy management; and data exposure through a single API, including metadata.  The result is a seamlessly integrated LPWA network powered by ThingPark, offering features such as service activation and role management, IoT offer creation and subscriber management, and order management.

“This is a key evolution for our platform,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica, “effectively allowing our service provider customers to immediately expand their LPWA commercial services to LTE-M and NB-IoT, in addition to the existing LoRaWAN network, and always offer best in class LPWA technology going forward for all IoT use cases. We’ve always believed that LPWA was not an either-or choice between LoRaWAN and 3GPP technology, but that both are needed and will work in parallel, sometimes together, to deliver best-fit solutions for specific use cases. We’ve been inspired to turn that belief into a concrete solution within the ThingPark platform, and we’re ready to deploy it for our customers.”

NNNCo and Actility ready to begin rollout of Australia’s first nationwide industrial IoT network

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NNNCo and Actility ready to begin rollout of Australia’s first nationwide industrial IoT network

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and the National Narrowband Network Co, Australia’s leading LORaWAN network operator, today signed a contract to partner in deploying a national LORaWAN network to catalyse the growth of industrial IoT across Australia. The agreement marks the successful completion of a testing and proof of concept phase, which has demonstrated that NNNCo and Actility can deliver together the key functionality required by customers, including NNNCo’s innovative granular multicast technology, which is today unique in the LPWA domain.

“This agreement is a key step in NNNCo’s commercial network development as we move from a testing phase to commercial roll out of the national narrowband network (NNN). This will occur project-by-project across Australia, in partnership with Actility as NNNCo’s network server provider, “ explains NNNCo Founder and CEO Rob Zagarella. “The big use cases in Australia are water, agriculture, energy monitoring and control, soil moisture, rainfall detection, cattle tracking, building management and people movement. Given Australia’s size and climate, we’ve also had to design in various architectures and gateway solutions to handle many different types of topographies and densities, from built-up urban centres to rural landscapes,” he adds.

“We’re delighted that NNNCo has chosen Actility to support this large-scale network that will enable a wide range of applications across Australia,” says Actility Founder and CTO Olivier Hersent. “Our extensive experience of carrier-grade network solutions, gained through powering almost half the national LPWA networks around the world, will help us support NNNCo through the unique challenges of what is, after all, a continental roll-out as well as a national one. But we have also been very impressed by the innovation we’ve seen from NNNCo in the course of our pilot programme together, and we believe that will be a powerful contribution to the worldwide LoRaWAN ecosystem.”

NNNCo is Australia’s LoRaWAN network operator, dedicated to building and operating a National Narrowband Network for IoT as an end-to-end scalable service offering over a shared network. The company is working with some of the world’s leading energy and water utilities, technology providers and innovators to roll out large-scale, carrier-grade network solutions. Over the past 12 months, NNNCO has become established as a world-leading organisation in understanding the scope, and the limits, of LoRaWAN solutions. The company’s approach has been to focus on a number of key verticals that it believes will have the biggest impact, such as energy, water and smart cities, and it has gone in deep on those verticals with end-to-end solutions.

The new contract comes as the joint NNNCo/Actility trial deployment with Ergon Energy reaches a key milestone, ready to evolve towards a full-scale commercial solution. The testing/PoC stage has been geared towards preparing for the deployment of large-scale network roll-outs that can handle the challenges. NNNCo is now in the final stage of the Ergon Energy proof of concept, which includes 50 production-ready DREDS (Demand Response Enabling Devices).

“We know the network works and we’re on the border between proof of concept and commercial deployments,” explains Zagarella. ”We’re preparing ourselves to access Actility’s network server for commercial roll-out. It’s exciting to be working with a global partner like Actility which is providing network servers to other large operators around the world. Throughout our PoCs NNNCo has had a great working relationship with Actility from a development perspective, to ensure we’re prepared for the commercial deployments such as smart cities, utilities, water and agriculture.”

“This contract is a clear demonstration of how the momentum behind LoRaWAN is building quickly in the Asia-Pacific region,” comments Actility’s Peter Hogewoning, Director of Sales for APAC. “With LoRaWAN already well established in Europe, ground-breaking national and large-scale network roll-outs all around the Pacific Basin are going to be a highlight for the LPWA ecosystem in 2017.”

Actility and Sagemcom bring roaming to LoRaWAN network operators with pre-release implementation of LoRa Alliance draft standard

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Actility and Sagemcom bring roaming to LoRaWAN network operators with pre-release implementation of LoRa Alliance draft standard

Actility and Sagemcom, pioneering industry leaders in Low Power Wide Area network software, today announce the availability of roaming between LoRaWAN networks, based on early implementation of the draft standard proposed by the LoRa Alliance™, which will be rolled out widely by operators over the coming months. 

This roaming capability will be demonstrated on Actility’s booth at MWC (8.0C3). Thanks to these features, operators will be able to enhance coverage within countries by network sharing, and enable international use cases for customers by roaming across borders. LoRaWAN private network owners will also be able to share their network coverage with public network operators.

“The Standardisation team working on roaming at the LoRa Alliance has done a fantastic job in specifying all the needed elements, from provisioning to key management and “back office” functions, to enable roaming between LoRaWAN networks,” explains Actility founder & CTO Olivier Hersent.  “We have seen a very strong pull from communication service provider customers, so Actility has invested very heavily to bring an early implementation of the latest stable draft specification to market and gain practical experience as soon as possible, as you can see in our demonstration. Our implementation enables network sharing and roaming between LoRaWAN networks using ThingPark Wireless IoT core network platform, and networks equipped with SagemCom and other standard compliant network servers.”

“By implementing roaming features in their solutions accordingly with LoRa Alliance requirements, Sagemcom and their partners are speeding up the adoption of IoT by extending the coverage, the mobility and the cooperation between the operators. It also emphasizes the power of the Alliance by demonstrating the partnership and the interoperability between the different members and their solutions” says Eric Rieul, Sagemcom Energy & Telecom CEO.

“Roaming is essential for Objenious customers to fully benefit from LPWA network capabilities across all their locations and business internationally and globally, and we’re very pleased to see this early implementation which now contributes to enable LoRaWAN roaming”, says Stephane Allaire, Objenious CEO.

“Inmarsat enables connectivity around the world, serving customers in remote areas, as well as industries which drive the global economy. We have recently extended the capabilities of our network to make LoRaWAN connectivity available from any ground station, and we are now able to offer low-power WAN connectivity anywhere. With the help of this new LoRa Alliance roaming standard, we will bring seamless ultra-low-power connectivity to a new range of mobile use cases worldwide,” comments Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise.

“Orange solutions based on LoRa® will be extended worldwide in July 2017, providing focused coverage to cities, harbours or industrial sites.  LoRaWAN® standardised roaming is a key complementary pillar of our strategy, to optimise deployment costs and reliability for our business customers. Orange already provides a LoRa® based end-to-end solution in France supporting more than 60 Live B2B projects in numerous verticals such as smart cities, smart building, parking, smart home, industry, supply chain, tracking, agriculture.”, says Olivier Ondet, IoT & Analytics SVP, Orange Business Services.

“LPWA is a core technology for the future of industry globally, and the dynamic manufacturing base which drives the Taiwanese economy is already turning to the IoT to optimise supply chain and logistics. The early availability of roaming, as demonstrated by Actility at MWC, and the global technology platform they now provide, is key to extending our solutions worldwide as quickly as possible,” explains Asia-Pacific Telecom President Tim Chen.

Jasper Snijder, KPN’s EVP New Business adds, “The Internet of Things doesn’t stop at national borders. For many use cases, for instance asset tracking, it is important for our customers that ‘things’ remain connected across the globe. As the first operator in the world with a LoRaWAN network covering the entire country, we are soon going to be able to offer our customers multi-national LPWAN connectivity and coverage.

“We think that roaming is a key capability for LoRaWAN, which will support many interesting use cases for our customers. We are seeing strong market demand for roaming capabilities, and are backing the Lora Alliance roaming standard. We’re pleased to see companies like Actility offering early implementations of that draft standard, which means that our customers will be able to start implementing those use cases today,” adds Lars Petermann, Head of Smart Solution for IoT at telent GmbH.

“Thanks to roaming we will be able to offer a seamless cross-border experience, which will unlock a huge potential in the market,” says Frederic Lhostte, Proximus Head of Advanced Telco Services. “It enables us to exploit new use cases, in the mobility sector as well as allow us to advance talks with companies that have business activities in a variety of countries. In addition, it will boost a closer relationship between operators in different countries that back LoRaWAN to jointly target international customers.”

Roaming offers extended coverage for specific use cases by leveraging collaboration between multiple networks, and provides increased capacity and extended device battery life in areas where there are overlapping multiple networks, and finally, it enables LoRaWAN Service Providers to better manage capacity and optimise their coverage. Roaming also enables devices to connect to different LPWA networks depending on the local coverage, and enables use cases in which assets need to be monitored and tracked as they move between countries, for example in baggage monitoring or parcel/shipment tracking.

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler joins Actility board to help shape the Web 3.0 revolution

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Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler joins Actility board to help shape the Web 3.0 revolution

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Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, today announces that Tom Wheeler, former chair of the US Federal Communications Commission in the Obama Administration, has joined the Actility Board. Wheeler is a passionate advocate to the development of internet solutions that increase productivity, believing that the value-add in Web 3.0 will come in leveraging information collected from connected sensors that enhance business processes across all industries, and monetization will no longer be driven only by targeting content at consumers. Wheeler’s appointment demonstrates Actility’s determination to achieve a leading role in that Web 3.0 future.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key manifestation of Web 3.0,” explains Wheeler. “But we need to think bigger than some of our current IoT examples. Web 3.0 is about connecting intelligence in all forms – data, ideas, apps, and ultimately people. That’s why I’m really excited to be able to work with Actility, with its leadership in connecting things, people and companies with intelligence, and its pioneering commitment to enabling and delivering the networks that will underlie the industrial transformation that Web 3.0 will bring. Web 3.0 is the orchestration of information drawn from a Web in which everything is intelligent and online. That orchestration is itself a new product and is at the heart of what Actility does.”

“We’re delighted that Tom has joined Actility,” says CEO Mike Mulica. “His insight and vision for the future resonate powerfully with Actility’s mission of using Low Power Wide Area wireless networks at the edge of the global internet to connect things, pull information, push specific instructions, and orchestrate information flows between devices and intelligent applications in a very cost effective and flexible way. I believe that with Tom’s support, we’ll be able to accelerate the growth of Actility to deliver on the promise of a revolution in industrial productivity and services.”

Tom Wheeler was the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and for many years in the cable and wireless industry, holding positions including President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). 

In recognition of his work in promoting the wireless industry, Wheeler was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2003.  In 2009, as a result of his work in promoting the growth and prosperity of the cable television industry and its stakeholders was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. He is the only member of both halls of fame. Cablevision magazine named Wheeler one of the 20 most influential individuals in its history during cable’s 20th anniversary in 1995.

Tom Wheeler, ancien Président de la Commission Fédérale des Telecommunications des Etats Unis (FCC), rejoint le Conseil d’Administration d’Actility pour contribuer au développement de l’internet industriel

Actility, leader des technologies réseau longue portée et basse consommation (LPWA), annonce aujourd’hui la nomination de Tom Wheeler à son Conseil d’Administration . Ancien président de la Commission Fédérale des Telecommunications (FCC) aux Etats-Unis dans l’administration Obama, Tom Wheeler est un des principaux acteurs du développement des services internet haut débit fixe et mobile aux Etats-Unis, et un ardent promoteur d’un internet ouvert au service de l’économie et de la société. Sa conviction est que la nouvelle révolution industrielle sera portée par l’intelligence des données collectées par l’internet des objets, apportant à la fois les gains de productivité, la performance énergétique et la protection de l’environnement indispensables à un modèle de développement économique durable. La nomination de Monsieur Wheeler illustre la volonté d’Actility de jouer un rôle de premier plan dans le développement de l’internet industriel.

« L’internet des objets (IoT) est le fer de lance de l’internet industriel », explique Mr Wheeler. « Nous devons penser bien au-delà des cas d’usage en cours. L’internet 4.0 est un moyen de connecter l’intelligence sous toutes ses formes : les données, les idées,  les applications et même les personnes. C’est pourquoi je suis ravi de pouvoir accompagner le développement d’Actility, qui est un des pionniers de cette révolution. L’internet 4.0 c’est l’intelligence en action dans des nouveaux réseaux où tout est connecté. Orchestrer l’intelligence de ces nouveaux réseaux, d’objects et d’applications est justement le cœur de la technologie et du savoir faire d’Actility. »

« Nous sommes ravis que Tom rejoigne Actility », commente Mike Mulica, PDG d’Actility. « Son expertise et sa vision de l’internet du futur vont nous aider à réaliser notre mission ainsi qu’à accélerer le déploiement des réseaux longue portée et basse consommation – dits LPWA – permettant l’activation de connectivités économiques et flexibles pour tous les capteurs de données et les applications indispensables au développement de l’internet industriel. Grâce au soutien de Tom, je suis convaincu qu’Actility va accélérer sa croissance et contribuer à la troisième révolution industrielle, celle de l’optimisation des resources énergétiques et de l’amélioration de la performance environnementale. »

Tom Wheeler était le 31ème Président de la Commission Fédérale des Communications (FCC), nommé par le Président Obama et confirmé par le Sénat américain en novembre 2013. Avant de rejoindre la FCC, Tom Wheeler a dirigé un fond d’investissement et accompagné le développment de nombreuses sociétés du secteur des telecommunications. Il a également présidé l’Association des Télécommunications et du Câble (NCTA) ainsi que l’Association des Télécommunications Cellulaires et Internet (CTIA) des Etats Unis. 

Tom Wheeler a été distingué en 2003 comme l’une des personnalités les plus influentes de l’industrie des telecommunications en reconnaissance de son action pour le développement de l’internet mobile. Il a été également promu en 2009 pour son action au service du développment des services audiovisuels et de l’internet haut débit par câble aux Etats Unis. Il est la seule personnalité ayant été à ce jour distingué par ces deux professions. En 1995, le magazine Cablevision a désigné Mr. Wheeler comme l’une des 20 personalités, ayant le plus influencé le developement de la television par câble dans l’histoire des Etats-Unis.

Contact presse: Actility
Anne van Gemert
anne.vangemert@actility.com

A propos d’Actility

Actility est un leader de l’Internet industriel à l’origine de ThingPark™, plateforme d’infrastructure logicielle dédiée aux solutions IoT. ThingPark d’Actility permet d’opérer des réseaux IoT longue portée et basse consommation (LPWA) de très grande capacité et d’orchestrer la mise en œuvre de solutions IoT interopérables.

ThingPark Wireless est la plateforme de gestion et de supervision de réseaux IoT LPWA utilisée dans la majorité des déploiements nationaux dans le monde.

ThingPark OS  est une plateforme de gestion de services IoT permettant connecter capteurs et tous types d’applications

ThingPark X est un environnement de traitement et de médiation des données collectées par les capteurs vers les applications, hebergées sur les principales plateformes IoT cloud du marché ou des solutions métiers. ThingPark Market est une plateforme e-commerce permettant d’agréger, distribuer et connecter des objets et applications sur la platfeforme ThingPark. Actility est un membre fondateur de l’Alliance LoRa.

Actility joins forces with 7layers to scale up ThingPark Connected programme globally

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Actility joins forces with 7layers to scale up ThingPark Connected programme globally

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, today announces that it has selected  7layers, the leading international testing and certification house for the wireless industry, to implement the interoperability testing that leads to Actility’s “ThingPark Connected” status. ThingPark Connected devices have been extensively tested through LoRaWAN use cases and application integration to confirm interoperability in networks powered by Actility’s network server and management software. 7layers has implemented the ThingPark Connected test plans for Europe, and the service will be available through ThingPark Market from March 6th.

“We’re very pleased to launch this collaboration with 7layers, one of the leading global wireless test houses,” says Actility SVP for Products, Boris Lacroix. ”It’s a mark of the strength of the ThingPark Connected programme, and the demand that we are seeing from our device vendor partners, that we needed to bring aboard a dedicated global specialist like 7layers only months after the programme launched. Our partners recognize that getting to be ThingPark Connected is a product improvement programme, not a barrier that must be overcome, and they know that it will increase the reach and profile of their product dramatically.“

“7layers will ensure that the whole process runs extremely smooth, providing support from our own engineers throughout,” explains Dipl-Ing Thomas Jaeger, Director for Group Business Development & Innovation at 7layers. “We will be able to offer vendors a full service, for example providing LoRaWAN Certification or radio antenna performance optimization alongside ThingPark Connected testing. This will help them make sure their product is optimized for real network deployment from Day One. The target is also to give service providers clear visibility of the whole process, so that they can be confident that the products coming through the pipeline are ready to be deployed on their IoT networks.”

Actility’s “ThingPark Connected”(*) programme is designed to support device and application vendors in bringing their LPWA products and applications to market. The programme offers access to a world-leading IoT carrier-grade network platform, which has already been selected in over half the large scale LPWA network rollouts globally, and a developer programme offering support, tools and a community which can be accessed online and in real life through a range of developer events and meet-ups. 

When partners have developed their device, they can follow the product optimisation programme hosted by 7layers, providing the testing and recommendations to get the product ready for market and leading to the ThingPark Connected mark. When their product is ThingPark Connected, they can feature it in the ThingPark Market e-commerce platform to accelerate global sales and marketing initiatives, targeting the worldwide customer base connected to the entire network of ThingPark powered networks

“7layers will be a major asset to the ThingPark community, and a support for our partners,” says Derek Hunt, Technical Director for Partner Services at Actility. “Thingpark Connected testing is available in Europe now, and we are working with 7layers to complete test plans and have testing available across the Americas and APAC within the next few months. Soon anyone who wants to join the ThingPark ecosystem will have access to quick and comprehensive ThingPark Connected testing, and more, anywhere around the globe.”

(*)The ”ThingPark Connected” programme, and the “ThingPark Connected” mark were previously known as “ThingPark Approved”.

Lattelecom partners with Actility to launch national LoRaWAN™ network for the internet of things in Latvia

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Lattelecom partners with Actility to launch national LoRaWAN™ network for the internet of things in Latvia

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and Lattelecom, the market-leading Latvian telecommunications and IT provider, have worked together to begin the roll-out of a nationwide LoRaWAN network in Latvia. The network has been successfully tested in Riga, where full coverage will be deployed as the first stage of the project, aiming to make Latvia’s capital one of the smartest cities in Europe. Wider roll out will continue based on interest from city authorities and enterprises, with national coverage expected to be completed in 2018.

“The new infrastructure will allow smart devices to be connected to a single network, enabling services like smart metering, utility network monitoring, remotely controlling street light, smart waste management and other city level services,” says Kerli Gabrilovica, Lattelecom Chief Development and marketing officer: “Latvia’s capital has many advantages for introducing new technologies, including strong existing infrastructure – according to the European Digital City Index for 2016, Riga is in the Top 3 for Europe’s best digital infrastructure. In the index, Riga has the 4th fastest internet speed, the 5th lowest broadband price and the 2nd highest availability for optical internet. And the municipal government is open to new technologies – together we have created free WiFi infrastructure that has made Riga Europe’s WiFi leader,” she continues.

“We’re delighted to be working with Lattelecom to enable their network in Riga and eventually throughout Latvia,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “The LoRAWAN network will leverage Lattelecom’s existing world-class optical data network. This new network joins the rapidly growing number of national-scale LoRaWAN networks built on our ThingPark platform, clearly demonstrating how well it meets the needs of communication service providers for large-scale deployments. And becoming part of the global ThingPark network community means that Lattelecom’s customer in cities and enterprises will be able to benefit from access to the whole ThingPark ecosystem for partners, developers and e-commerce.”

The network infrastructure, powered by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT solution, enables the implementation of Smart City solutions, Machine-to-Machine connectivity and new digital applications. In Smart City applications, the new network will enable offer services including remote reading of meters, acquisition of environmental data, street light control, smart parking systems or intelligent waste management solutions.

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About LoRaWAN™

LoRaWAN is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in harsh environments that were previously too challenging or cost prohibitive to connect. A LoRaWAN gateway deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than 10km away or to water meters deployed underground or in basements. The LoRaWAN protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other LPWAN technologies. These benefits will enable the diverse use cases and business models that will enable deployments of large scale LPWAN IoT networks globally.

About Lattelecom

Lattelecom is the largest Latvian telecommunications and IT Company. Lattelecom is an innovative company offering the widest range of opportunities for a modern life – starting with the optical Internet, the speed of which reaches 1Gbit per second, the most advanced television in the Baltics and the safest data centre in Northern Europe, the data transmission main TransBaltic Gateway connecting Frankfurt and China, as well as more than 70 IT solutions for businesses of any size.

About Actility & ThingPark™

Actility is the industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large-scale infrastructure and the innovator behind the ThingPark IoT Solution platform. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform, which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices. ThingPark Mash-up provides IoT protocol and data mediation services, enabling web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices, connectivity, and application partners. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance.

For more information, please contact:

Lattelecom:

Zandra Sadre, Head of PR Departament:  zanda.sadre@lattelecom.lv 

Actility:

Anne van Gemert: anne.vangemert@actility.com

Actility supports Levikom in launching world’s first “open value chain” LoRaWAN IoT network in Estonia

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Actility supports Levikom in launching world’s first “open value chain” LoRaWAN IoT network in Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia / Paris, France: February 1, 2017: Levikom, the leading wireless broadband, media and corporate IT infrastructure services provider in Estonia, is launching the world’s first “open value chain” IoT network in Estonia.

To deliver this ground-breaking business proposition, Levikom is teaming up with Actility, the industry leader in LPWA solutions. Levikom and Actility will upgrade the NORAnet network across Estonia to offer 2nd generation carrier-grade IoT connectivity services with multiple radio access, also enabling high-value geolocation services powered by LoRa® devices and wireless technology from Semtech (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and accessible via Actility’s ThingPark platform.

“We can see a clear commercial advantage in integrating an LPWAN network with our broadband wireless network,” says Levikom founder and Vice Chair Peep Poldsamm, “Our lengthy experience in providing professional IT infrastructure services and solutions to corporate customers from many industries means that we have recognized the value in offering an open value chain based business model in IoT operations. Our focus is primarily on the provision of wholesale connectivity to developers and specialized services and solution providers in different application areas on fair, equal and transparent terms.”

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology is a widely deployed solution for LPWAN infrastructure that enables low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services worldwide,” said Jaap Groot, Vice President of System Business Development for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By choosing LoRa for this LPWAN deployment, Levikom’s network is complementary with a wide range of solutions operating on the LoRaWAN™ protocol standardized by the LoRa Alliance™. In addition, Levikom will use LoRa’s native geolocation feature that allows end users to track sensors without added hardware or costs.”

“We’re excited to be working with a company like Levikom, which is going drive innovation in the business model of IoT networks,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “LPWA technology is always transformational for industries – the geolocation capability that LeviKom is deploying, for example – but this deployment in Estonia is also a great example of creating game-changing commercial opportunities that are not possible any other way.”

Levikom will begin the country-wide roll-out of a LoRaWAN™ radio network with omni- and pico-cell base stations, with core network services provided by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution, a fully integrated platform for the Internet of Things. Levikom will also offer to its customers a web-based MarketPlace for browsing and purchasing suitable IoT devices and applications ready for deployment in Levikom’s network.

A key focus of Levikom’s IoT roadmap are smart utilities: Smart Metering and Smart Energy applications for electricity, gas, water and heating companies. This requires Levikom to roll-out a carrier-grade network with the highest end to end performance and with additional functionality. Semtech, as the supplier of LoRa Technology, is supporting Levikom in finding appropriate solutions to deliver the connectivity services for utility companies which meet their stringent requirements. Levikom is currently integrating its LoRaWAN™ network with ESTFEED, a metering data sharing platform for large electricity, gas, water and heating utilities, developed and operated by Elering, an Estonian Energy Company’s grid operator. The new network gateways deployed by Levikom have been chosen because they support geolocation functionality, which enables Levikom to introduce tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption.

”We expect to launch our 2nd generation core network together with our first residential IoT services in March,” says Toomas Peek, Chairman of Levikom. “The upgrade of the existing LoRaWAN™ radio network with new base stations and further country-wide roll-out will not be a big challenge for Levikom, as we are installing most of the LPWAN gateways into the existing wireless broadband sites.” Peek believes Levikom’s IoT roll-out will not only bring new applications and benefits to people and companies in Estonia, but will be a major source of economic growth for next decade, as IoT is foreseen as the main driver to increase the productivity of manufacturing industry, and is an essential enabler of “Industry 4.0.”

ENDS

About Actility & ThingPark™

Actility is the industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large-scale infrastructure and the innovator behind the ThingPark IoT Solution platform. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices. ThingPark Mash-up provides IoT protocol and data mediation services, enabling web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Marketplace is at the heart of of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices, connectivity, and application partners. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance.

For more information, please contact: Anne van Gemert: anne.vangemert@actility.com

 

About LoRaWAN™

LoRaWAN is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in harsh environments that were previously too challenging or cost prohibitive to connect. A LoRaWAN gateway deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than 10km away or to water meters deployed underground or in basements. The LoRaWAN protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other LPWAN technologies. These benefits will enable the diverse use cases and business models that will enable deployments of large scale LPWAN IoT networks globally.

 

 

About Levikom

Levikom is a leading country-wide broadband wireless access operator and internet, IPTV, IoT, telephony, CCTV as well as corporate IT infrastructure services and solutions provider in Estonia. Levikom operates also Estonian first public IoT LPWA-network NORAnet. Levikom is a first choice for residential subscribers living in suburb or rural areas and only operator apart incumbent in Estonia capable to offer bundled telecommunication and IT infrastructure services to business customers. Levikom is a long-term certified partner of many global technology companies like Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Dell, HP, VMware, F-Secure etc. and is a member of international IoT association LoRa-Alliance™. In provision of media services Levikom has strategic partnership with leading regional content aggregators Viasat and Wide Media. Levikom employs about 70 staff. (www.levikom.ee)

Levikom:

Peep Poldsamm: peep.poldsamm@levikom.ee, +372 545 10100

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.

Semtech, the Semtech logo, LoRa and LoRaWAN are registered trademarks or service marks of Semtech Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks or service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners

 

Semtech:

Ronda Grech: rgrech@semtech.com, +1 (805) 480-2193

Inmarsat and Actility deliver world’s first global LoRaWAN™ network to power IoT applications

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Inmarsat and Actility deliver world’s first global LoRaWAN™ network to power IoT applications

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today reveals how its LoRaWAN -based Internet of Things (IoT) network, developed in partnership with Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), is delivering on its strategy to bring the IoT to every corner of the globe. Early applications in Asset Tracking, Agribusiness and Oil & Gas are helping businesses in remote regions of the world become more efficient, reduce costs and drive new revenue through IoT-based solutions.

Inmarsat and Actility’s three early IoT applications cover:

  • Asset tracking: Tracking the location, movement, health and other key statistics of cattle on a remote ranch in Australia, replacing the manual process of sending an employee to look for cattle that have strayed. An alert is sent out to the ranch manager when an animal is at risk of being lost, is behaving erratically, or is nearing the perimeter of the ranch, enabling the owner to take immediate action.
  • Agribusiness: Monitoring the water levels in reservoirs and soil moisture at the roots of plants across the breadth of a large, remote palm oil plantation in Malaysia to deliver water to where it is most needed and achieve maximum crop yield. This enables smarter resource management in an area and reduces the amount of land required for production.
  • Oil & Gas: Remote monitoring of oil platform processes where cellular coverage is patchy or non-existent to identify potential failure points so that they may be addressed and costly downtime avoided. An upstream production site continuously measures operational parameters and transmits them to a control room where a SCADA system adjusts set-points and provides control settings.

The Inmarsat LoRaWAN network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark™ LPWA platform, is the world’s first global IoT network. It allows customers and partners to cost-effectively bring to market IoT solutions that can be delivered anywhere in the world, to any type of business, with LoRaWAN-based connectivity on the ground and satellite connectivity as the network backbone. The integrated platform provides an end-to-end solution that transmits site-specific data to applications in the cloud for analysis, delivering insights and supporting decision making, and creating value for the end customer.

“These three early applications are indicative of the industrial IoT market in general: businesses don’t need an off-the-shelf IoT solution for Agribusiness or Asset Tracking; they need a specific solution for a specific problem,” said Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise. “Through our collaboration with Actility, we have the building blocks to tailor solutions for each specific opportunity, no matter where it is in the world.”

“Actility has worked on many large-scale nationwide LPWA network deployments, but this is bigger: we’re fantastically excited about being part of the first truly global IoT network in partnership with Inmarsat,” said Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Our collaboration with Inmarsat allows us to provide customers with an end-to-end solution to connect their assets and fulfill their IoT business needs anywhere in the world. We’ll be working alongside Inmarsat every step of the way to help global customers address their specific needs with more efficient, best-fit solutions.”

Inmarsat and Actility last year announced a partnership that combines Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite connectivity platform with Actility’s ThingPark IoT management platform to deliver an integrated solution for IoT, linking connectivity, services and IoT devices from a single application and service management point, to connect objects deployed anywhere on the planet.

Actility is also now part of Inmarsat’s Certified Applications Provider Programme (CAPP), which allows third-party companies to develop applications and solutions that are compatible with Inmarsat’s satellite communications network.

Actility announces new investors in $75 Million Series D Funding round: Cisco Investments joins as investor

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Actility announces new investors in $75 Million Series D Funding round:
Cisco Investments joins as investor

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for Internet of Things (IoT), announced today at the LoRa Alliance™ All Members’ Meeting that Cisco Investments has taken a stake in the company’s $75 million Series D funding round, joining BNP Paribas and alongside existing investors including Creadev, Orange, Inmarsat and Robert Bosch Venture Capital. The funding will enable Actility to roll out industrial IoT solutions with its partners for key verticals such as logistics and supply chain, smart buildings and energy and utilities; to accelerate its global growth; and to make strategic investments to enhance its technology portfolio.

Since 2010, Actility has been pioneering the fundamental technology that led to the operating framework of LoRaWAN™ and was a founding member at the launch of the LoRa Alliance in 2015. Today, Actility is the driving force behind a full suite of LPWA IoT software that serves the world’s largest service providers, solution providers and enterprises in capturing the full benefit of IoT’s explosive growth potential.

“Cisco’s strategic investment in Actility further enhances the collaboration of two complementary IoT solution providers with big plans for the connected world,” comments Mike Mulica, CEO of Actility.

“Cisco is focused on enabling the rapid proliferation of IoT through LPWA technologies, including LoRaWAN gateways and geolocation services,” said Amit Chaturvedy, Head of IoT Investments and Acquisitions at Cisco. “We invest in companies that share our passion for helping customers and are leaders in their technologies. Actility is dedicated to a great customer experience through the LPWA IoT on-boarding, operating and monetisation experience. We are pleased that Actility intends to use the proceeds of this investment round to scale their business faster and more reliably all around the world.”

Actility partners with Macnica Networks to lead the way from M2M to IoT in Japan

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Actility partners with Macnica Networks to lead the way from M2M to IoT in Japan

Yokohama, Japan, 14 December 2016: Global semiconductor, networking and security giant will accelerate the growth of Actility’s ThingPark platform in the Japanese manufacturing, government and telco sectors.

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Macnica Networks, the global network, security and cloud solutions provider, to distribute and support the ThingPark IoT platform in Japan. Not only will Macnica Networks offer ThingPark as a component of IoT solutions for its end customers in government, manufacturing and telecoms, but the company will also provide technical support for the ThingPark developer programme in Japan, conduct ThingPark Approved interoperability testing, and sell developer kits for the local market.

“We’re very pleased to launch this collaboration with Macnica Networks, a company with almost 40 years experience in providing network and security solutions for the largest companies in Japan,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. ”This partnership is about much more than simply distributing ThingPark. It’s about helping to grow the vitally important ecosystem around ThingPark by supporting local developers as they explore the possibilities of the IoT. And it’s also about offering ThingPark Approved testing in the Japanese market for the first time, which will help developers and hardware vendors bring their products to market more quickly, safe in the knowledge that they will work reliably in any ThingPark-powered network.“

“We consider LoRaWAN to be a very promising technology for low power wide area IoT networks, which is getting more and more traction in the market. Our partnership with Actility is an important milestone to expand our IoT solution.”” explains Jun Ikeda, Macnica Networks Corp. President.

Actility’s ThingPark suite is an enabler of scalable LPWA networks and interoperable IoT Applications and services. ThingPark Wireless is a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity. ThingPark OS is a central IoT management service to connect sensors to applications. ThingPark X is a data analytics and control framework which exposes data from connected things to applications, and offers off the shelf IoT  industrial applications. ThingPark Market is a B2B ecommerce platform aggregating, distributing and connecting IoT devices and applications to the ThingPark platform. 

For vendors, it provides reassurance as they develop their products that they will work “out of the box” when deployed, and access to the largest base of LPWA networks globally to market their products; and for network operators, it provides a catalogue of tested devices that can be depoyed immediately in end to end solutions for their customers.

Actility Advances to Preferred Solution Partner Within the Cisco Solution Partner Program

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Actility Advances to Preferred Solution Partner Within the Cisco Solution Partner Program

Paris, France, 6 December 2016: The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things to enhance the relevancy of network connections. As a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program, Actility is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE. 

Actility’s ThingPark suite is an enabler of scalable LPWA networks and interoperable IoT Applications and services. ThingPark Wireless is a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity. ThingPark OS is a central IoT management service to connect sensors to applications. ThingPark X is a data analytics and control framework which exposes data from connected things to applications, and offers off the shelf IoT industrial applications. ThingPark Market is a B2B ecommerce platform aggregating, distributing and connecting IoT devices and applications to the ThingPark platform

“We’re very pleased to have reached the level of Preferred Solution Partner with Cisco, which demonstrates that our ThingPark suite is a compelling product for our joint customers in combination with Cisco’s hardware solution and integration capability,” comments Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “As a Preferred Solution Partner, we’ll be even better placed to deliver some of the best carrier and enterprise LPWA solutions on the market across a wide range of industries, accelerating the explosive growth of the IoE globally.”

The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Preferred Solution Partner, offering the ThingPark Suite, Actility has achieved Cisco compatibility certification on at least one solution and can provide its customers with 24-hour, 7-days-a-week customer support.

NNNco reaches out to 30km range with LoRa network

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NNNco reaches out to 30km range with LoRa network

Actility partner pushing the capabilities of LoRa to the max

Actility would like to congratulate our partner NNNCo in quite literally “going the extra mile” with LoRa. 30km range clearly demonstrates the promise of LoRA to cover a huge footprint with a low cost and easy to roll out network. And with their innovative multicast solution on trial in built up areas we’re pleased to be supporting NNNCo in their quest to create new possibilities with LoRa, and great new services for their customers.

Actility ready to offer Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) compliance

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Actility ready to offer Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) compliance

Actility, innovator in smart grid applications such as demand response, is the first company to be declared compliant with the majority of requirements of USEF.

USEF is an open standard intended to accelerate an integrated smart energy future that is efficient, sustainable, and cost effective. The audit of Actility’s services was carried out by DNV GL, founding partner of the USEF Foundation. DNV GL found that Actility was compliant with the requirements relevant for existing flexibility products, and was sufficiently agile to be able to address requirements on future flexibility products.  As Actility’s products are now proven to be fit for the emerging smart grids ecosystem, the company is ready to create significant value for all stakeholders in the flexibility market

“We see USEF as a great next step to further unlock the value of flexibility at our current and upcoming smart energy customers and projects,” comments Actility CTO Olivier Hersent. “The use of the standardized and harmonized processes drives open innovation, lowers entry barriers for other partners and directly supports us in our large scale roll out of flexibility services throughout Europe. We’re happy to learn that our current processes resemble the USEF methodology so closely, showing we are a front runner in the market, and we’re looking forward to our first official fully USEF compliant project in the near future.“

The energy market is undergoing a massive transformation as new ways to manage and store energy, and increasing capacity in renewable resources comes on stream. This creates a third dimension in the market, beyond energy supply and demand: flexibility. Instead of generating more power in response to peaks in demand, a smart grid can actively manage energy usage instead, time-shifting non-critical energy use. Actility, as an aggregator offering a demand-response service to national grid providers, is a pioneer of flexibility, and is fully aligned with the USEF Foundation’s goals to deliver the foundations of one integrated system which benefits all players – new and traditional energy companies and consumers.

Hans de Heer, Principal Consultant at DNV GL, says: “We are very pleased that Actility is the first company to be assessed on USEF compliancy. This gives Actility not only new possibilities in the energy market but also proves the worth of the Universal Smart Energy Framework. We foresee that market entry barriers will be significantly reduced if the flexibility markets and processes are organized throughout Europe in a harmonized and standardized way. Adopting the USEF framework will improve the quality of the market processes, ensuring flexibility can be unlocked in a reliable and efficient way.”

The Universal Smart Energy Framework is an open standard which clearly defines different roles in the energy ecosystem, the processes and interactions between them, and the business and contractual agreements for those interactions. Specifically, USEF identifies three possible customers of flexibility: the Transmission System Operator (TSO), the Balance Responsible Party (BRP) and the Distribution Sytem Operator (DSO). 

USEF is paving the way for a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to develop into a system operator, actively managing its network by utilizing flexibility for congestion management and voltage control purposes. Actility was audited at the request of a leading DNO which expects its partners and suppliers to be USEF compliant in the future. Passing such a test gives competitor advantage;  in this market, and beyond, the audit also put the USEF Framework and review process through its first real test case.

Hans de Heer as well as other DNV GL and Actility experts will be available at the European Utility Week 2016 (DNV GL booth #3D131) to answer your questions in Barcelona, Spain November 15 to 17.

First sale transacted through Actility’s ThingPark Market ushers in a new era in IoT ecommerce

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First sale transacted through Actility’s ThingPark Market ushers in a new era
in IoT ecommerce

ThingPark Market is a web based e-commerce platform through which partners in the ThingPark ecosystem can promote and sell their interoperable IoT devices and developer kits to buyers looking for LoRa IoT solutions.

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and the innovator behind the ThingPark LPWA IoT platform, has officially opened ThingPark Market to buyers in Europe and within hours the first sales were concluded, clearly illustrating the demand for international commerce in the fast growing IoT business. The Market has been open for worldwide seller registration since the end of October.

“This is a unique opportunity for ThingPark partners to market and sell their products,“ says Actility Senior Vice President for Marketing & Digital, Christophe Francois. “The goal of ThingPark Market is to accelerate global market adoption of LoRaWAN and LPWA devices and make it straightforward to put together complete IoT solutions backed by the ThingPark Approved label. ThingPark Market provides global exposure for sellers and immediate availability for buyers.”

ThingPark Market meets a clear business need in the IoT ecosystem. Sellers of devices and applications can shorten their sales cycle, promote and manage their products and services, and have easy access to new sales channels. For buyers, the advantages include simplifying their procurement process through the e-commerce engine, and easy discovery of trusted products and applications thanks to the ThingPark Approved program. ThingPark Market, will also be offered as an operator-branded package alongside the ThingPark platform, providing a rich product catalogue to operator’ customers whilst promoting their brand, connectivity and IoT services. An operator branded Market will enhance their IoT solution portfolio and increase IoT revenue while reduce operational costs.

“Adeunis RF has been a partner of Actility from the very beginning, and we’re proud of that,” says Frank Fisher, Deputy CEO, Adeunis RF. ”We’re very pleased to be continuing this relationship on the ThingPark Market. Adeunis RF was among the very first to put its products online with Actility, and it makes us very proud to make the first ThingPark Market sale in Europe. This new Market is clear and attractive for buyers and sellers, so it has a bright future ahead.”

Demonstrating the growing maturity and traction of the ThingPark ecosystem, the Partner program now offers new benefits to developers and device makers. ThingPark Explorers can trial the ThingPark development platform free of charge, connecting a gateway and up to five devices to the ThingPark platform. Developers can also access DX (Developer experience) APIs in an easy to use and customizable Swagger interface to use in their IoT application code. Users are able to self-provision and monitor their connected devices in an interactive dashboard.

“With ThingPark Market offering a global ecommerce route to market, and the on-ramp for developers to trial ThingPark and become partners now so easy and so accessible, ThingPark’s position as a business enabler at the heart of the LoRaWAN ecosystem has never been stronger,” concludes Olivier Hersent, founder and CTO of Actility.

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Actility contributes to a successful IoT workshop for 40 Silicon Valley developers

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Actility contributes to a successful IoT workshop for 40 Silicon Valley developers

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The Connected Device Summit gathered 40 IoT developers invited by Orange Silicon Valley and Comcast’s machineQ for a deep-dive on the LoRa technology.

Alongside with its partners Multitech and  MyDevices, Actility’s API expert  presented a hands-on session with the LoRaWAN Dev Kit.

“We were glad to see how fast participants could connect their devices and start sending some data! Using our new developer-oriented ThingPark DX API helped a lot to get people on board” comments Alexandre Estela”, API Program Manager with Actility.

“Our special thanks go to Orange for hosting this Summit in their amazing San Francisco offices and to Comcast for organizing this successful event!”

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Comsol launches Africa’s largest IoT network, featuring LPWA enabled by Actility

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Comsol launches Africa’s largest IoT network, featuring LPWA enabled by Actility

Comsol’s open architecture, open platform Low Power Wide Area National network deployment, Comsol IoT, has been launched. Backed by a global alliance and driven by international giants such as Cisco and IBM, and enabled by Actility’s carrier-grade platform, the latest generation IoT network offers low cost, long range, low power IoT connectivity, capable of supporting geolocation. The Comsol IoT network will be deployed on the back of Comsol’s R1,5 Billion Open Access Layer 2 National network investment and will be available for sensor service termination by February 2017 in the major metros.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast becoming a reality. LoRa™ Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN™) technology offers a flexible IoT network ideal for the efficient and cost-effective monitoring and management of assets and infrastructure, enabling wireless connectivity for millions of sensors and smart devices over wide geographical areas. Comsol has now initiated the largest deployment of this technology on the African continent with the launch of Comsol IoT.

“IoT offers solutions for smart cities, smart businesses, and even many of the challenges we face as a society, for example managing scarce resources like water. By enabling smart tracking, smart perimeter control, smart agriculture, smart buildings, as well as smart city applications like metering and manhole cover monitoring, IoT is already fundamentally changing how we live. We are proud to introduce the network that is going to empower African utilities, businesses, and individuals to gain the benefits the IoT offers,” says Iain Stevenson, CEO of Comsol.

Designed to avoid interference, Comsol IoT combines the wide coverage area of cellular networks with low-power radio technology to provide ubiquitous connectivity in a single, cost-effective and secure wireless network. Serving a previously unaddressed market, Comsol IoT offers broad geographic coverage – including urban and rural areas – to create an ecosystem that supports the connectivity of millions of devices.

“Comsol IoT is the ideal solution for applications where power-constrained devices are distributed over large geographical areas. So in the case of water or electricity meters, or agricultural monitoring, to name a few, the network offers wide reach as well as power and cost savings. Battery life of up to 15 years can be achieved for some of these devices due to the relatively small data sets and transmission rates enabled by Comsol IoT. The high costs associated with manual monitoring, replacement of batteries and GPS devices are also no longer factors for organisations wanting to run a smart operation,” says Justin Colyn, Executive Head of IoT of Comsol.

He adds that this provides opportunities for the developers operating in the market as well as the businesses leveraging the IoT solutions being created. “By virtue of the fact that Comsol IoT is an open access, open protocol network, any IoT applications that are developed will be seamlessly enabled to the devices and sensors they are meant to serve. There’s no vendor lock-in, creating a diverse ecosystem that will serve to take African IoT to the next level.”

Comsol’s drive to connect Africa, without limits, has extended this deployment to include securing several device distribution agreements in South Africa. And by partnering with Actility, a global leader in Low Power Wide Area network software, Comsol has enabled South African customers to benefit from a complete solution.

“Actility is an industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). ThingPark by Actility offers a carrier-grade IoT platform, with a growing ecosystem of partners,” explains Actility CEO Mike Mulica.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Comsol in rolling out a national IoT network for South Africa,” Mulica adds. “Comsol is one of the most innovative communication service providers in the world today, committed to a wide range of connectivity options to create the optimum network for every application. We’re very happy that Comsol has chosen LoRaWAN to complement their existing network for the incredibly diverse range of IoT use cases expected in South Africa, and that they have chosen Actility’s carrier-grade ThingPark platform to enable that network.”

Stevenson adds that Comsol IoT will not only provide an end-to-end solution for organisations moving into the IoT world, it offers a platform on which an entire ecosystem can be created to address the challenges the modern world faces. “IDC predicts that 25% of all IoT applications will be running over low power WANs like Comsol IoT by 2020. We are proud to be able to ensure that Africa’s IoT-enabled devices are not only connected by the most reliable and cost-effective network, but that they are able to create changes in the way agriculture, resource, and conservation management are conducted. IoT will change the face of the continent, and Comsol is honored to be at the forefront of that revolution.”

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For more information, please contact:

Comsol: Mia Andric, mia@exposureunlimited.net

Actility: Anne Van Gemert, anne.vangemert@actility.com

Actility activates Demand Response to balance the Belgian grid following a sudden electricity shortage on Wednesday 19 October

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Actility activates Demand Response to balance the Belgian grid following a sudden electricity shortage on Wednesday 19 October

Actility, a leading provider of Smart Demand Response aggregation services, has succesfully supported the Belgian electricity grid to recover from a sudden lack of electricity this 19 October.

On 19 October, an electricity shortage of no less than 750 MW had been monitored in the Belgian grid by Elia, the Transmission Grid Operator.

For being able to balance the electricity grid, Elia requires flexible power stations to increase their power output. In addition, they also call upon flexible consumers to reduce their power consumption. This is referred to as Demand Response. Actility successfully responded to such call for Demand Response on Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of its numerous partners in the industrial sectors such as metallurgy, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, food & beverages but also in the tertiary sectors, mainly in banks or hospitals.

Actility’s partners provide such efforts to reduce their consumption only a few hours per year, but get paid during every hour of the year where this flexibility is available. This results in interesting revenues and is a cost reduction in energy sourcing. Furthermore, it provides a crucial support to the Belgian Grid, for being able to balance generation from clean technologies such as wind and solar power.

The  main cause of the call for flexibility on 19 October originated from a sudden drop of the electricity generated by the belgian wind mills. This drop in power was the consequence of decreased wind speed coming from the North Sea, which is per say no abnormal meteorogical event. Yet, the drop occurred in less than one hour. This resulted in a sudden shortage of about 650 MW, which is equivalent to the loss of two large gas power stations of belgium (figure 1).

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Furthermore, this sudden shortage was concomitant with a higher than expected evening peak in electricity demand and little available generation capacity in Belgium. Today, only 2400 MW of the installed 5800 MW nuclear capacity is operational .

Altogether, this led Elia to activate all the flexible resources that were still available to compensate for this sudden imbalance. Elia even asked, via aggregator Actility, industrial sites to reduce their energy offtake from the grid, though the activation of the special balancing mechanism called R3-DP (Tertiary Reserve “dynamic profile”). This tertiary reserve product is specifically designed for demand response via industrial processes.

It is not the first time Actility is trusted to handle difficult cases on the electricity grid. The company has delivered serveral successful DR activations in the past years in the Benelux, France and the UK.  The innovative services provided by Actility are based on their strong expertise of ICT and the energy sector. Their proven track record in the field of energy and the Internet of Things has even been awarded earlier this week as start-up of the year by Ernst & Young.

Do not hesitate to visit our website for more information : http://energy.actility.com

Actility’s meteoric rise to global leadership in IoT recognized by EY “Start-up of the year” Award

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Actility’s meteoric rise to global leadership in IoT recognized by EY
“Start-up of the year” Award

Unique leadership combination of US business expertise and French technology vision establishes Actility as the No.1 startup in France.

Paris, 18 October 2016: Actility CEO Mike Mulica and Founder and CTO Olivier Hersent marked another milestone on the company’s journey from innovative Breton start-up to global leader in carrier-grade IoT solutions when they accepted the EY French “Start-up of the Year” award. This achievement recognizes the company’s success on a global scale, not simply in Europe. As an essential partner of well over 1/2 of all full nationwide LoRa networks announced globally to date, Actility’s carrier-grade solution represents the gold-standard around the world.

“Our business has accelerated dramatically in the last year”, said Olivier Hersent at the awards ceremony. “Global carriers and innovative network operators are looking for the best solution for large scale LPWA IoT networks, and they’ve found it in our ThingPark platform. Now the world  can clearly see that we are the leader in carrier grade IoT networks, we expect our footprint to grow even faster, with new network partners coming on board monthly. We are seeing  applications on very large scale deployed.. The era of trials has come to an end; the era of IoT transforming businesses wholesale is finally beginning.”

There are two factors driving Actility’s dash into pole position in the race to make industrial IoT a reality. Technology leadership, personified by Olivier Hersent is one; an “all-in” passion for doing business is the transformational ingredient brought by the appointment of US high-tech industry change catalyst Mike Mulica as CEO.

“There are no sectors anymore,” says Mulica. “We’re not only engaging with carriers and network operators. We have a seat at the table with some of the world’s largest tech companies; the names you all know in enterprise technology, and innovative global company is helping them figure out how to do business in the internet of things.”

“Between us, Olivier and I are determined to make sure that Actility becomes the worldwide success story, the undisputed leader in the Internet of Things, that we know it can be. Today we’re very proud to be leading the French Start-Up of the year. Next year, thanks to the outstanding combination of French innovation and US “can-do spirit,” we want to be able look back at this as the moment Actility went global.”

ENDS

For more information about Actility, please visit www.actility.com

To become a ThingPark Partner and acquire the ThingPark Approved label for your products, please visit partners.thingpark.com

To start selling your products on the Market, please visit market.thingpark.com

Actility partners with Australia’s NNNCo to deliver demand management trial solution for Ergon Energy using world’s first group multicast LoRaWAN™ deployment over Australia’s Narrowband Network

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Actility partners with Australia’s NNNCo to deliver demand management trial solution for Ergon Energy using world’s first group multicast LoRaWAN™ deployment over Australia’s Narrowband Network

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), Australia’s LoRaWAN network operator are pleased to announce their partnership to deliver a trial to test a scalable demand management solution for Ergon Energy. 

Following a successful proof of concept, the trial solution being tested in Townsville, Queensland uses NNNCo’s innovative group multicast technology coupled with Actility’s ThingPark IoT platform to control hot water usage at a fine granular level.

“Historically when faced with network constraints energy utilities upgraded their networks. However that increases infrastructure costs and places upward pressure on electricity prices. Our approach is to think outside the square,” explains Ergon Energy’s Sanjeewa Athuraliya, Telecommunications Architect and winner of the company’s 2015 Innovation Challenge. “With the trial of this IoT solution,” he adds, “the company gets the capability to control the load using accurate and timely information at a granular level. For example, it may change the time that a household’s hot water is heated up so that it occurs when network load is low. This could allow Ergon Energy to run its network more effectively, increase the longevity of the network, and save customers money over the long-term.“

“The successful implementation of end-to-end Multicast functionality results in a truly cost effective, robust and scalable two-way network service that can support remote over-the-air configuration and software upgrades in addition to group control of endpoint devices.” says NNNCo Founder & CEO Rob Zagarella. “This opens up additional use cases that require non real-time monitoring and control capability such as public lighting, agricultural irrigation, water, Infrastructure and building automation. Demonstrating this capability in one of the most challenging environments puts us in pole position for growth across these segments both in Australia and globally via partnerships with the other LoRa Alliance™ member operators around the world.”

Ergon Energy has one of the lowest customer densities of any utility company, resulting in very long distribution lines, making load variation and management a key issue for the company. The company’s trial solution, developed with NNNCo and Actility, will enable it to connect beyond substations to individual household power consumers such as hot water. Later this month, the company is beginning a 6-month trial with a small number of households in Townsville, Queensland, where sensors are being installed on hot water circuits. The LPWA IoT solution will give Ergon Energy granular control to switch individual loads on and off so that they can be reduced where needed and in times of peak power demand without impacting customers.

“NNNCo is working in close partnership with Actility to leverage their Network Server and IoT Platform which has been successfully deployed by operators around the world,” adds NNNCo’s Rob Zagarella. “This is enabling NNNCo to provide a carrier-grade nationwide service to our enterprise customers. Actility’s global footprint, experience and leadership position within the LoRa Alliance coupled with local support has positioned us well for growth in the Australian market.”

“We’re proud to be working with NNNCo and Ergon Energy to deliver this world-leading trial which tests the use of the IoT to improve energy efficiency,” says Actility CTO and Founder Olivier Hersent. “We founded Actility because we were convinced that IoT technology could improve efficiency and make our economy more sustainable. Equally, NNNCo’s implementation of end-to-end multi-cast technology will also enable many new uses cases for LPWA networks, and demonstrates the power of open standards and a large ecosystem to drive innovation.”

Actility and NNNCo are both members of the LoRa Alliance™, a non-profit organization and one of the largest and fastest growing alliances in the technology sector. Its members are closely collaborating and sharing their experience to promote the LoRaWAN™ protocol as the leading open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWA connectivity.

ThingPark 4.0 premieres network-based geolocation and delivers enhanced data transmission, advanced network management, and a new partner portal featuring key tools for LPWA developers.

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ThingPark 4.0 premieres network-based geolocation and delivers enhanced data transmission, advanced network management, and a new partner portal featuring key tools for LPWA developers.

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, today announces the release of version 4.0, a major upgrade to its market leading ThingPark LPWA network platform. The enhanced software brings network-based geolocation, enabling tracking and geofencing; advanced radio optimization technology to maximize device battery life and network capacity; tools to streamline onboarding of devices for suppliers and network operators, and an improved suite of tools for monitoring and visualizing message flows in the LPWA network.

“ThingPark 4.0 represents a significant step forward for our carrier-grade IoT platform,” says Actility Founder and CTO Olivier Hersent. “The new network-based geolocation capability is obviously the headline feature: we are reaching record-breaking power and cost performance, which will enable a wide variety of new use cases for any customer who wants to locate or track assets, animals or people. The increasing maturity of the platform is clearly demonstrated by the release of tools designed to make it simpler and easier for our customers to manage and optimise large scale commercial deployments of ThingPark-enabled LPWA networks,” Hersent adds.

Location based services

Actility and top analysts expect that location-based services will become the leading applications for LPWANs in the next 5 years. Network geolocation is ideally suited, for example, to use cases where a customer wants to know if an asset with a tracker attached is moving or stationary, is in one store or depot rather than another, or to receive a warning if it strays out of a defined area. The network-based geolocation feature relies on the fact that in LoRaWAN networks, the signal from a distant sensor is received by multiple gateways (macro-diversity). 

By measuring the differences in propagation time from a specific sensor to several LPWAN base stations (which are synchronized to the GPS time reference with 30ns accuracy) as well as strength of the received signal, it is possible for the network to calculate the location of the sensor. The geolocation information is then added to the metadata sent by the ThingPark LPWA network to the customer’s application. Compared to GPS, network-based geolocation typically requires up to 50 times less energy per fix, and enables lower cost and compact designs. “We expect that network-based geolocation, and hybrid techniques combining network-based and other geolocation methods, will revolutionize the world of tracking,” comments Herrsent.

Optimized radio performance

LoRaWAN is a bidirectional communication technology and defines commands which allow the network to control the sensors’ transmit power, uplink repeat rate and data rate (spreading factor). While most implementations control only the data rate (Adaptive Data Rate, or ADR), ThingPark 4.0 introduces a new and more sophisticated algorithm that simultaneouslyy optimizes data rate, transmit power and repeat factor. This improved algorithm reduces the chance of strong signals from nearby sensors “drowning out” weaker signals from more distant ones , increases the quality of reception for hard to reach devices, increases cell capacity and minimizes airtime. This results in improved performance and lower energy consumption for ThingPark 4.0 based LoRaWAN networks, and also allows operators to introduce connectivity price tiers based on quality of service.

Supporting ecosystem partners

Fast industrialization of high quality LoRaWAN devices is critical to the success of LPWANs: the new and improved ThingPark Partner Programme now provides self-testing tools which allow developers to implement continuous testing of their LoRaWAN implementation, with comprehensive library of test scenarios as well as real-time MAC layer analysis. All is needed is a low cost LPWANs picocell in the lab, then the ThingPark partner program provides the full featured network-in-a-sandbox and test tools.

ThingPark 4.0 also introduces improved features for device and application developers, with a common framework allowing the integration of multiple application layer protocols over the LoRaWAN stack, integrated into the ecosystem through easy to use XML REST drivers and interfaces. LPWAN operators also need tools to streamline onboarding and activation of massive numbers of devices. ThingPark 4.0 provides automated onboarding tools, including LPWAN address pool allocation and management application and a fully automated, end to end onboarding process.

Olivier Hersent concludes: “2017 will mark the transition of LPWANs from early adopter phase to a full scale industry. ThingPark 4.0 provides a solid foundation for our operator partners and OEM customers to scale up their end-to-end LPWAN operations and fully automate management of what is going to become the largest technology ecosystem ever.”

ThingPark Market is open for business, while ThingPark Partner Program accelerates support for Developer Community

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ThingPark Market is open for business, while ThingPark Partner Program accelerates support for Developer Community

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and the innovator behind the ThingPark LPWA IoT platform, today announces opening of ThingPark Market, a web based e-commerce platform through which partners in the ThingPark ecosystem can promote and sell their ThingPark Approved products to registered buyers seeking to build LPWA IoT solutions. The marketplace is open to register sellers worldwide today, and will be available to buyers in Europe in November. Global buyers will be enabled during 2017.

“This is a unique opportunity for ThingPark partners to market and sell their products“ says Actility Senior Vice President for Marketing & Digital, Christophe Francois. “The goal of ThingPark Market is to accelerate global market adoption of LoRaWAN and LPWA devices and make it straightforward to put together complete IoT solutions backed by the ThingPark Approved label. ThingPark Market provides global exposure for sellers and immediate availability for buyers.”

ThingPark Market meets a clear business need in the IoT ecosystem. Sellers of devices and applications will be able to shorten their sales cycle, promote and manage their products and services, and have easy access to new sales channels. For buyers, the advantages include simplifying their procurement process through the e-commerce engine, and easy discovery of trusted products and applications thanks to the ThingPark Approved program.

Demonstrating the growing maturity and traction of the ThingPark ecosystem, the Partner program now offers new benefits to developers and device makers. ThingPark Explorers can trial the ThingPark development platform free of charge, connecting a gateway and up to five devices to the ThingPark platform. Developers can also access DX (Developer experience) APIs in an easy to use and customizable Swagger interface to use in their IoT application code. Users are able to self provision and monitor their connected devices in an interactive dashboard.

The Partner program is also launching a number of activities aimed at Developers, including a dedicated online community and developer events such as hackathons and boot-camps. On 31st October, ThingPark will co-animate Low Power Network Boot-Camp for Swisscom in Zurich, Switzerland. ThingPark has also partnered with several start-up incubators in Paris such as l’Usine IO, Le Village By CA, Numa, Ecole 42… to provide an open LoRa network in demo corners called ThingPark Hubs as well as organising meet-ups for testing prototype apps and services. Find out more at: partners.thingpark.com

“With ThingPark Market offering a global ecommerce route to market, and the on-ramp for developers to trial ThingPark and become partners now so easy and so accessible, ThingPark’s position as a business enabler at the heart of the LoRaWAN ecosystem has never been stronger,” concludes Olivier Hersent, founder and CTO of Actility.

telent and Actility partner to launch Netzikon, a national LoRaWAN network for the internet of things in Germany, powered by ThingPark

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telent and Actility partner to launch Netzikon, a national LoRaWAN network for the internet of things in Germany, powered by ThingPark

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and telent, a German network systems and solutions provider, have worked together to begin the roll-out of a nationwide LoRaWAN network in Germany. The network has already been deployed in Stuttgart, and roll-out to other cities continues, with national coverage expected to be complete by 2018

The first application of the Netzikon network is already in operation. In Thuringia, sensors detect when lightning has struck the turbine blades of wind power generators. The data collected by the sensors is communicated through the LoRaWAN network and delivered to an IoT platform monitoring the wind farm, which can alert the wind farm operator, and identify potential damage more quickly, ensuring the safety and reliability of wind power plants.

The network infrastructure, powered by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT solution, allows the efficient implementation of Smart City solutions, Machine-to-Machine connectivity and new digital applications. In Smart City concepts, Netzikon will offer services including remote reading of meters, acquisition of environmental data, street light control, smart parking systems or intelligent and waste management solutions. The company also envisages completely new applications which can only be realized in a cloud-capable IoT platform by combining various techniques and sensor data.

Furthermore, this new technology enables cost effective and efficient applications in the areas of asset and facility management, e.g. better supervision and maintenance of buildings, vehicles, airport facilities or railway infrastructure. The future geolocation functionality of this technology also enables tracking of assets, animals or handicapped people.

“When we set out to build a nationwide LoRaWAN network in Germany, we selected Actility as our strategic partner for building this network because of their great expertise and experience in building LoRaWAN-networks,” says Netzikon CEO Robert Blum. ”We needed a carrier-grade OSS/BSS system, and Actility is the market leader for such IoT BSS/OSS software solutions. Today, Actility’s ThingPark is at the heart of carrier LoRaWAN IoT solutions across Europe, which opens up great possibilities for roaming, enabling a new class of use cases”

“We’re delighted to be working with telent to enable the Netzikon network across Germany,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Netzikon joins the rapidly growing number of national LoRaWAN networks built on our ThingPark platform, clearly demonstrating how well it meets the needs of carriers for large scale deployments. And becoming part of the global ThingPark network community means that Netzikon’s customers will be able to benefit from access to the whole ThingPark ecosystem for partners, developers and e-commerce.”

Actility & Abeeway on track to connect runners thanks to LoRa technology

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Actility and Abeeway on track to connect runners thanks to LoRa technology

Paris, 23 September 2016: On Sunday, thousands of runners will take part in the famous Paris-Versailles race, a 16 km long trail starting at the Eiffel Tower and finishing at the Versailles Palace. Among them, a group of pioneer connected athletes will be tracked and their vital signs monitored along the way thanks to LoRaWAN technology. 

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and Abeeway, specialist in geolocalisation have joined forces to connect the race using innovative trackers, advanced mobile LoRa gateways, and prototype LoRa-connected sports watches.

A team of 15 Actility runners will carry an Abeeway tracker with them which is able to detect where each runner is at each given moment on the course, which runs along the banks of the Seine in Paris and then through dense suburbs to Versailles. The progress of the race can be followed on this website: https://iot.abeeway.com/paris-versailles/ created by Abeeway. The coverage and LoRa network are provided by Actility. The LoRaWAN low power wide area network, technology makes tracking runners possible by allowing the tracker, which is no bigger than a car key, to pass data to the gateway over a long distance while still consuming very low power.

“LoRaWAN technology is nowadays used for a large number of services in the city, optimizing day-to-day functioning of companies, governments and citizens”, said Olivier Hersent, founder and CTO of Actility. “Tracking of objects is one of the most used services in industries and public spaces such as airports and ports. But of course, it also comes in handy for more entertaining activities like sporting events”!

“The Abeeway micro-tracker is an ideal product for tracking applications that require low consumption and unlimited messaging. The application allows us to follow the whereabouts of these trackers with great precision throughout the whole Paris-Versailles race. We are delighted to collaborate with our partner Actility on this project”, added Florian Sforza, CEO of Abeeway.

To follow Actility’s results, please go to https://iot.abeeway.com/paris-versailles/ this Sunday 25 September from 10h00.

Actility partners with SoftBank to accelerate the Internet of Things in Japan

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Actility partners with SoftBank to accelerate the Internet of Things in Japan

Actility, the global leader in LPWA network infrastructure and service platforms, is working with SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) to support the roll out of a complete low power wide area network solution which could trigger explosive growth in the IoT in Japan this year. The LoRaWAN network will enable a wide range of applications in Japan, ranging from tracking elderly family members to monitoring the condition of tunnels or automated water metering.

“SoftBank is a recognized global leader in all the important layers of the Internet economy. We are thrilled to be working together with the SoftBank team on their IoT strategy, and in particular, their commitment to LPWA and their forthcoming LoRaWAN deployment in Japan.” Mike Mulica, CEO of Actility

“SoftBank has been impressed with Actility’s deep knowledge of the LPWA market and their efforts in pioneering LoRaWAN. We look forward to building a vibrant LPWA business in Japan through close technology and market collaboration with Actility and their ecosystem partners,” explains Hironobu Tamba, Vice President, Service Platform Strategy & Development Division of SoftBank.
 

LPWA networks can connect remote sensors and devices over ranges of up to 15km, in heavily built-up urban areas, and with a battery life of up to ten years thanks to extremely efficient power consumption. This capability, coupled with low cost sensors and devices, is expected to drive explosive growth in IoT by transforming the affordability and commercial viability of applications across industry, infrastructure and even at home. SoftBank will provide complete IoT solutions using LoRaWAN, including devices, base stations, IoT network platform, and all the services required to implement these solutions including consulting.

In the future, SoftBank envisages applications in commercial facilities management; smart buildings; equipment monitoring and remote control and tracking in warehouses, for example; automated meter reading of gas and water meters; keeping watch over the elderly and children; road, tunnel and infrastructure monitoring; and transport fleet management.

The simplicity and low cost of LoRaWAN network deployment enable a rapid roll-out for IoT driven specifically by the low power consumption capability. As well, SoftBank expects to enable optimized IoT solutions which take advantage of the capabilities of cellular LTE networks alongside the LPWA network.

Partnering with SoftBank and Actility in this deployment and co-operating in the growth of a LoRaWAN ecosystem are the world’s largest OEM vendor, Foxconn Technology Group (headquartered in Taiwan) and LoRaWAN technology vendor Semtech Corporation (headquartered in the USA). 

Overview of LoRaWAN™

LoRaWAN is an LPWA networking standard developed by the LoRa Alliance, which provides wide area bidirectional connectivity to IoT devices with unprecedentedly low cost and energy efficiency. Over 390 companies have already joined the LoRa Alliance (at September 2nd, 2016), creating the largest IoT solution ecosystem for enterprises and consumers.

LoRaWAN ™ in Japan communicates using the 920MHz. The main features are as follows.

  • Battery life: 10 years or more (*1)
  • Communication range: up to 15km (*2)
  • Base station capacity: 10s of thousands of devices can connect to a single base station (*3)
  • (1) Battery lifetime in the field depends on the communication requirement.
  • (2) communication range is a published values of LoRa Alliance, not the actual range of the deployed services in Japan.
  • (3) Base station capacity depends on the time needed for communication by each connected device

Actility ThingPark and Digita will take IoT to new heights with a national LoRa network for Finland

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Actility ThingPark and Digita will take IoT to new heights with a national LoRa network for Finland

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and Digita, the Finnish broadcast network operator, are teaming up to take the next step towards a fully-connected Finland by rolling out a LoRa network. Following the completion of a successful trial period of several months, the companies have seen that the market is ready for a full-scale commercial deployment. The service is available for local implementation everywhere in Finland from October 2016. Rollout for full area coverage starts from major cities. 

This is the first commercial LoRa network for IoT to be deployed in Finland. The deployment also emphasizes the opportunity that LoRa brings for companies like Digita, which is not a traditional cellular operator, to leverage the tall radio and television masts of their broadcast network to become key players in the Internet of Things.

The LoRa network will enable services across a wide variety of domains, including smart cities, smart agriculture and logistics. Exploring the benefits for smart homes, during the trial period, Digita and partner VVO Group evaluated a solution using Actility’s platform, which monitored temperature and humidity in 200 of VVO Group’s properties in the city of Espoo. 

“Maintaining healthy living conditions is easy when the factors that affect residents’ comfort can be recognised in real time,” explains Kimmo Rintala, head of VVO Group’s property development unit. “Continuous measuring also enables us to detect obvious apartment-specific faults even before the residents themselves have time to react. Digita’s solution eliminates the need for property-specific installations, as it is based on sensors within apartments that are able to communicate directly with Digita’s system.”

The LoRa core network service is delivered through Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution, a fully integrated platform for the Internet of Things. Making use of Digita’s broadcast masts means that the technology can be deployed at very high points overlooking the city and be exploited to its full range. 15 of Digita’s 38 main masts are over 300 meters high.

”Finland is an innovative country, with a real hunger for new technologies. The IoT provides fantastic new opportunities to create compelling services for citizens and government. The increased area that can be reached quickly by implementing LoRa technology on broadcast masts, ensures even better coverage and reduces the required number of gateways. With our partners at Digita, we expect to be able to beat the current LoRa range record of 15km,” declares Olivier Hersent, CTO of Actility.
“We believe that IoT technology will revolutionise our daily lives. It can be used, for example, to monitor building conditions, save energy, prevent water damage, prevent theft, locate objects, locate pets, optimize farming and monitor health. In theory, there is no limit to the kinds of applications that are possible,” explains Digita’s COO Markus Ala-Hautala.

Actility Joins the Cisco Solution Partner Program

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Actility Joins the Cisco Solution Partner Program

Actility announced today that it has joined the Cisco® Solution Partner Program as a Solution Partner. The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things to enhance the relevancy of network connections. As a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program, Actility is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE.

“We’re really excited to be able to work alongside Cisco as a Solution Partner and combine our LoRa network software with their hardware solution and integration capability,” comments Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Together, we’ll be able to deliver some of the best carrier and enterprise LPWA solutions on the market across a wide range of industries, fuelling the explosive growth of the IoE globally.”

The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Solution Partner, Actility offers a complementary product offering and has started to collaborate with Cisco to meet the needs of joint customers. For more information on Actility, go to: https://marketplace.cisco.com/catalog/companies/actility/products/thingpark

About Actility:
Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Marketplace is at the heart of of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa™ Alliance.

* Compatibility certification via Interoperability Verification Testing and Cisco Validated Design is designed to simulate typical customer configurations and does not replace the need for on-site testing and interoperability validation in conjunction with actual implementation.

Asia Pacific Telecom launches “IoT by Gt Smart Life” multi-network platform for the Smart Island of Taiwan, powered by Actility ThingPark

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Asia Pacific Telecom launches “IoT by Gt Smart Life” multi-network platform for the Smart Island of Taiwan, powered by Actility ThingPark

Working with local industry to build hundreds of millions of devices, and offering a free LoRa network to an alliance of partners to accelerate innovation in Taiwan.

Taipei, 9th August 2016: Asia Pacific Telecom today announces the launch of Taiwan’s first IoT dual-network multi-platform, named “IoT by Gt Smart Life,” after more than two years of research and development. Since the launch of Gt 4g, Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT) has been evolving into a non-traditional telecommunications company, with a commitment to the development of Smart Life and an IoT platform to build Taiwan into a Smart Island.

Local and international heavyweights have worked together to deliver this IoT collaboration. Within the IoT by Gt Smart Life platform, Foxconn Technology Group provides the hardware, FH-Net deploys the LoRa network, and APT is responsible for the vital domain of application development and service delivery. Key partners include domestic and overseas manufacturers, such as Actility, IBM, Semtech, Cisco, Advantech and Shin Kong Security, spanning the midstream and downstream industries of wafers, platforms and terminals. This vertical integration completes the IoT ecosystem, and APT looks forward to welcoming even more production partners and participation of academics. Those who become a ‘Certified IoT by Gt Smart Life Partner’ are entitled to free use of the LoRa network, implementing a shared economy.

LoRaWAN has advantages in range, time, coverage, and price. Hundreds of millions of networked devices to be built by 2020

APT has broken with telecommunications tradition in building Taiwan’s first IOT dual network, using the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) communications protocol in combination with the APT 4G LTE network, to support a wide variety of applications across a range of industries. APT is the first to market with a network of the scale required to meet local demand for IoT solutions. APT has already rolled out 500 LoRaWAN hotspots, supporting Taiwan’s first IoT dual network for Greater Taipei and Taoyuan. Responding to service requirements for solutions covering the entire island, a solid foundation will be laid for Taiwan to develop fully into a “Smart Island” by the end of the year. It is also expected that by 2020, IoT Ecosystem partners in Taiwan will have delivered hundreds of millions of networked devices which will allow Taiwan to become the exemplary IoT nation, and along with coalition partners, expand into overseas markets.

LoRaWAN is the open standard solution, and is the most widely used low-power consumption long-range WAN protocol.

LoRaWAN is a global IoT success story. Almost 400 institutions or companies, with over 20 telecom providers, are member of the LoRa ™ Alliance, which was established thanks to the optimism of companies regarding business opportunities in the Smart City and the Smart Factory. Founded by Actility, Cisco, IBM, Semtech, Microchip and other technology leaders in early 2015, the LoRa™ Alliance is an open, non-profit organization committed to the implementation of LoRaWAN as a long-range, low-cost and low-power consumption wide-area networking technology for IoT. LoRa Alliance members include multinational telecommunications companies, equipment manufacturers, system integrators, sensor manufacturers and semiconductor industry and entrepreneurs around the world. Alliance members include Actility, Cisco, Eolane, IBM, Kerlink, IMST, MultiTech, Sagemcom, Semtech, Bouygues, KPN, SingTel, Proximus, Swisscom, FastNet and Microchip. The LoRa Alliance brings together many world-class companies to share knowledge and experience and together promote LoRaWAN network protocols and accelerate the global success of LoRaWAN.

Taiwan’s first IoT dual-network multi-platform — developers accelerate application innovation

The IoT by Gt dual-network platform supports both networks of LoRa hotspots and the existing 4G LTE, integrating partners such Cisco, Jasper, Actility, and IBM Bluemix into this dual-network multi-platform to build an open and shared IoT development environment. It provides developers with the most complete IoT solution and accelerates application innovation. Actility’s ThingPark IoT solution is at the heart of this innovative dual-network platform. Actility is a technology innovator and industry leader in LPWA (Low Power WAN). Actility’s ThingPark™ is the next generation standards-compliant IoT platform. Olivier Hersent, founder and CTO of Actility, comments: “Actility is very proud to be working with FH-Net and APT to deliver this large-scale, fully-operational LPWA roll-out, which immediately catapults Taipei to the forefront of the world’s leading IoT cities. We see this as a great opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most exciting markets in IoT, which is preparing for explosive growth, and we look forward to continuing to work with APT to deploy new services and capabilities within the platform.”

IoT dual-network will enable a Smart Ecosystem: ‘Smart City’ and ‘Tracking Service’ are already online

The IoT by Gt platform solution has already launched the first demonstration applications, “Smart City” and “Tracking Service”.

Smart City Application: Using LoRa terminal devices, Energy Management Systems and Yung Loong Engineering will launch Smart Water/Electricity/Gas Meters with instant meter reading, history and anomaly warnings. In addition, the Security Institute of Science and Technology has launched a ‘Smart Water Level Gauge’, the perfect example of how LoRaWAN can be applied to the ultimate Smart City. The smart water level gauge integrates data transmission from water level gauge, solar charging and a cloud data platform, thus dramatically reducing the construction of monitoring stations and maintenance and operation costs. This can be used to monitor hydrology, water drainage and waterlogging. The ‘Smart City Flood Warning System’ is integrated into the IoT hydrological monitoring system.

‘Tracking Service’: This uses LoRa IoT to help track vehicles, goods and pets to send instant location and provide “geo-fenced” alerts. Examples include the ‘LoRa Multipurpose Tracker’, designed and developed by Foxconn Technology Group. This weighs only 21 grams and combines GPS and Wifi. It is available for both indoor and outdoor positioning; it also combines a customized LBS (Location Based System) for real-time tracking. Added to this are multiple functions such as Path History, Electronic Fence, and Tracking Management, combining LoRa and tracking services.

In addition to the demonstrated ‘Smart City Applications’ and ‘Tracking Service‘, IoT by Gt can also be extended to Internet of Vehicles (IoV), Smart Factories, Smart Agriculture, Smart Home and other diverse domains. IoT by Gt will support developers implementing innovative applications and create industry development opportunities for the new IoT generation in Taiwan.

Actility launches ThingPark Approved Programme to simplify and accelerate IoT solution deployment

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Actility launches ThingPark Approved Programme to simplify and accelerate IoT solution deployment

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Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and the innovator behind the ThingPark LPWA IoT platform, today announces the launch of the “ThingPark Approved” programme, and welcomes its first partners to obtain the ThingPark Approved status. Covering the solution spectrum from sensors and modules to gateways and ultimately applications, ThingPark Approved products are evaluated across a range of interfaces and integration points to ensure interoperability within an end to end solution. 

Highlighting the diversity of partners in the ThingPark Ecosystem, Actility is delighted to announce ThingPark Approved status for Adeunis RF, AllThingsTalk, ATIM, Daliworks, Expemb, Finsecur, Flashnet, Foxconn, Globalsat, IMST, Kerlink, Microchip, MultiTech, MyDevices, Nemeus, NKE-Watteco, Omniimpex, Rising HF and Sensing Labs.

“One of the key challenges in making the IoT a global reality is to simplify the process of creating and deploying end to end solutions,“ says Actility Vice President for Ecosystem Christophe Francois. “Even today, there are thousands of potential solution components from hundreds of suppliers, the ecosystem is exploding. Open standards and certification programmes have a key role to play, but they address specific technology requirements. ThingPark Approved is a business enabler, not a certification programme. It allows partners in our ecosystem to feel confident that they can rely on interoperability with any other product or service found in the ThingPark Marketplace.”

“We are very proud to be approved by ThingPark and join this family.” comments Alpha Tsai, EVP of GlobalSat, “GlobalSat is among the very first LoRa adaptors in Asia. We have spent tremendous effort in promoting LoRa applications. Actility is our first choice network provider thanks to their reliability and instant support. We have gone through intensive interoperability testing to provide customers the easiest integration from end-node to application platform through the ThingPark environment.”

“It’s a great opportunity for Expemb to work with Actility, to master the unique challenges and opportunities offered by the industrial IoT,” adds Franck Priou, IoT & M2M Market Manager at Expemb. “We are delighted to offer our ThingPark Approved gateways, simple and scalable connection solutions which promote greater adoption of industrial IoT. We strive to better meet the needs of businesses to access their data, allowing them to focus on the development of their business applications.”

“By combining Actility ThingPark with myDevices’ Cayenne, the world’s first drag and drop IoT project builder, we have provided smart cities and enterprise customers with the ability to quickly prototype and deploy large-scale IoT projects,” explains Kevin Bromber, CEO myDevices. “This partnership will enable end customers to select from a growing list of LoRa sensors, motors and actuators that can be combined into a single project where remote monitoring, data visualization, triggered events and SMS/email notifications can be assembled and deployed for a variety of use cases.”

“We are pleased to be among the first ThingPark Approved gateway and module vendors for Actility LoRaWAN networks,” says Daniel Quant, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Marketing at MultiTech. “With Actility software preloaded on our new Conduit LoRa Starter Kit, Actility and MultiTech make developing and deploying LoRaWAN-based IoT applications easier than ever.”

The ThingPark Approved Programme offers a complete business accelerator to fast-track IoT solutions to market. ThingPark partners can connect and test their products and achieve ThingPark Approved status, interact with other solution providers in the ThingPark ecosystem, and then market and sell their solutions in the ThingPark MarketPlace. The straightforward process will be managed through the ThingPark Partner website. ThingPark Approved partners will have opportunities to participate in co-marketing activity, and all will be able to display the ThingPark Approved logo on their products, collateral and web-sites. The ThingPark Partner web-site will be open for business early August, after completing its pilot phase. It will be accessible at: partners.thingpark.com

The ThingPark Approved programme is the latest step in the development of Actility’s ThingPark IoT solutions platform. Alongside ThingPark Marketplace, it also comprises the ThingPark Wireless LPWA network, and ThingPark Mash-up, an open API data mediation platform.

“The launch of the ThingPark Approved programme clearly demonstrates the growing maturity of the ThingPark ecosystem,” concludes Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “We’re delighted that such a diverse group of partners have stepped up to launch the programme and take advantage of the go-to-market acceleration that it delivers.”

Actility introduces integrated LoRaWAN™ solution for Cisco IoT networks

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Actility introduces integrated LoRaWAN™ solution for Cisco IoT networks

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) is working with Cisco to integrate Actility’s Long Range base station (LRR) software in Cisco’s LoRaWAN™ Interface Module for LPWA IoT networks. The initiative is targeting both operators and enterprise customers, allowing them to create value added end to end solutions for IoT markets such as smart cities, connected assets, logistics management and industrial IoT. The combined offering addresses the requirements of private and public LoRa networks, and can deployed in a customer’s premises or offered as a hosted service. Actility’s ThingPark solution in combination with Cisco’s state of the art hardware will together simplify and accelerate the deployment of best-in-class LPWA solutions.

“We’re really excited to be able to work alongside Cisco and combine our best in class LoRa network software with their best in class hardware solution and integration capability,” comments Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Together, we’ll be able to deliver some of the best carrier and enterprise LPWA solutions on the market across a wide range of industries, fueling the explosive growth of IoT globally.”

 

Actility’s ThingPark Wireless platform provides long-range network connectivity for low-power sensors used in multiple applications such as smart cities, facility management and asset tracking. The Cisco gateway is the vital link between the LoRa radio links to sensors and devices, and the global internet or private customer network. Actility ThingPark ensures that it is straightforward for customers to configure and deploy IoT networks and solutions by validating all the components of an end-to-end solution, from sensors and devices through network connectivity and applications. Now Cisco’s gateways will offer ThingPark customers world-leading networking technology ready to use and deploy in their Actility-powered service solutions.

The initiative will enable LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) networks to be expanded on a global scale, fuelling the rapid growth of the next generation of IoT services for both carriers and the enterprise. Actility and Cisco are both members of the LoRa Alliance.

KPN launches world’s first nationwide LoRa Internet of Things (IoT) Network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark

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KPN launches world’s first nationwide LoRa Internet of Things Network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, is proud to celebrate the successful deployment of the world’s first nationwide LoRa network for the Internet of Things with Dutch telecom operator KPN . After an intense period of 8 months’ work, several hundred LoRa antennas have been installed all over the Netherlands. KPN’s LoRa project initially went live in in the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague. Thanks to strong positive feedback and consumer interest in the early deployments, the network roll-out was accelerated at the beginning of this year, and has just been completed. The KPN network will support uses as varied as street lighting, street signage, waste management and animal tracking.

Actility and KPN have been pioneering the world-leading development of the European Internet of Things together since 2014. Combining Actility’s innovative ThingPark solution for the Internet of Things with KPN’s leading mobile network gives the country a world #1 “best-in-class” solution. It will address the needs of a wide variety of markets with very different requirements, but sharing the common need to connect sensors cost-effectively, over long distances and in both built-up areas and wide open countryside. KPN will leverage the ThingPark Wireless solution to connect a wide range of objects in markets as diverse as agriculture, smart building, transport infrastructure and healthcare applications.

One of the most attractive applications of KPN’s LoRa network is Smart Public Space Management. Citizens across the Netherlands will see a variety of benefits including improved street signage, better waste management in public spaces and smart street lighting.

“We congratulate KPN on being first in the world, thanks to their extremely efficient and successful roll-out across the Netherlands. KPN is a true pioneer and has made good on its ambition to turn the whole country into a smart nation, connecting cities and rural areas, and making life a little smarter for all its inhabitants”, says Actility’s CEO Mike Mulica.

“KPN is pleased with the fruitful collaboration with Actility, which allowed the successful nationwide roll-out in less than a year”, says Jacob Groote, Executive Vice President Service Platforms at KPN.

Actility launches ThingPark China with Foxconn to tap opportunities in the rapidly-growing Chinese Internet of Things market

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Actility launches ThingPark China with Foxconn to tap opportunities in the rapidly-growing Chinese Internet of Things market

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, today announced that it is partnering with Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) to launch ThingPark China, a collaborative initiative to deliver a comprehensive suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to the Chinese market. By integrating Actility’s innovative ThingPark IoT platform and Foxconn’s leading vertical information and communications technology services and solutions, ThingPark China will offer end-to-end IoT services from sensors and gateways to network management and SaaS solutions. ThingPark China will begin business operations in the third quarter of 2016.

“China is an opportunity like no other IoT market,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “It’s growing 30% a year, and a third of the world’s 15 billion connected things in 2020 will be in China. Foxconn is the perfect partner for Actility, because it is a company with world-class expertise to drive innovation at scale, as well as unrivaled market access to industrial and urban China. ThingPark China delivers on our goal to serve the vast Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) IoT markets across China.”

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Actility on this exciting initiative, which is another step in our ongoing efforts to create an Internet of Things ecosystem that supports our strategic focus on providing innovative products and solutions to realize smarter lives,” says Fang-Ming Lu, Executive Vice President of Foxconn. “IoT has the potential to transform cities, industry and transport, and also the way we live and work. The synergies generated by bringing together Foxconn’s design, manufacturing and technology capabilities and Actility’s expertise in LPWA networking technology, will enable us to capitalize on the immense opportunities presented in the IoT era.”

ThingPark China will initially focus on delivering solutions to customers in China. In addition to deploying ThingPark Wireless connectivity, network operations and data management, both as SaaS and “on-premise” services, ThinkPark China will also resell LPWA gateways, which serve as essential hubs connecting sensors in the field to public or private communications networks.

China’s rapidly-growing IoT market is supported by partnerships between industry and government at the national and local levels, and some of the first customers for ThingPark China will be “smart cities”, using LPWA technology to connect sensors measuring air and water pollution, and traffic flows, and noise metering, among other uses. Other applications already in development or early deployment include energy efficiency management, manufacturing efficiency enhancement and connected healthcare. The first consumer uses for the technology in China include solutions to help parents monitor their children’s safety.

“This is the most exciting time to get into the most exciting market in IoT,” concludes Mulica. “With our partners at Foxconn, we know ThingPark China is going to be one of the most dynamic and powerful forces in the IoT business anywhere in the world. Together we are going to ride the explosive growth of the next major technology wave in China and the wider Asian market.”

Daliworks partners with Actility to expand its IoT Platform Business with LoRa Technology

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Daliworks partners with Actility to expand its IoT Platform Business with LoRa Technology

Daliworks (www.daliworks.net), an IoT Platform Service Provider, announces today that it has partnered with Actility(www.actility.com),the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), to grow its IoT business with the added capability of LoRa Networking, the mostly widely adopted LPWAN technology.

The combined Daliworks’ IoT Application Platform Thing+ (ThingPlus, https://thingplus.net), and Actility’s ThingPark Wireless LoRa Network Platform will simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of end to end IoT solutions addressing multiple uses cases such as Smart Metering, Smart Logistics, Smart City, or Smart Farming

Soonho Lee, CEO of Daliworks, said “To succeed and grow rapidly, the IoT Industry requires integration of hardware, networks and application platforms. Collaboration and partnerships with leaders and innovators are critical to offer end to end solutions to this new market. We expect to significantly accelerate the growth of global business as a result of our partnership with Actility.”

Mike Mulica, CEO “We’re delighted to be partnering with Daliworks to add the capabilities of our best-in-class ThingPark Wireless LoRaWAN solution to Daliworks ThingPlus platform. The whole IoT ecosystem, including application developers, will really benefit from this integrated solution. This partnership clearly demonstrates that shared and collaborative innovation around an open standard is the best way to accelerate the growth of IoT solutions in markets around the world.”

LoRa offers long battery life and wide range of public and private network capablilities, overcoming major obstacles to delivering IoT services today. LoRa is the most competitive technology for connecting things to the wider internet, and many ISP and Telecommunication service providers are planning to roll-out LPWAN infrastructure. SK Telecom, Korea #1 mobile network operator, plans to build a nationwide IoT network infrastructure based on LoRa technology to accelerate their IoT business growth.

CEO Spotlight: Mike Mulica, Actility

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CEO Spotlight: Mike Mulica, Actility

French firm Actility, founded by technology entrepreneur Olivier Hersent in 2010, is one of the biggest advocates of LoRA technology to enable Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, and is also a founding member of the LoRA Alliance, which is rapidly growing in both size and reputation.

The company last year secured $25 million funding from large scale operators KPN, Orange, Swisscom and Foxconn, intended to accelerate its launch of ThingPark, its open standard IoT network solution.

This serves as the company’s primary product, which is designed for IoT deployments of various sizes, from single enterprises through to smart cities. ThingPark aims to work with low power devices, and provide the connectivity at low cost.

Now, as interest in the LPWA market begins to ramp up, with rival proprietary LPWA solutions emerging on the market from Sigfox and Ingenu, and the pending release of 3GPP-backed NB-IoT standards, Actility has opted to appoint telecoms and technology industry veteran Mike Mulica to lead it towards its next stage of growth.

Mulica, who has held leadership roles with Phone.com, Syncronoss and Real Networks, told Mobile World Live it was clear to him, upon meeting Hersent, that LPWA was really going to take off in the second half of the year, and joining Actility was an opportunity he could not turn down.

In this interview, he opens up on some of the challenges vendors may face in accommodating IoT networks, which could prove to be a “very low cost market” to run, his open approach to competition, and his thoughts on why LoRa technology could be likened to an Android ecosystem.

 

MWL: What is your view of LPWA and Actility’s journey so far? 
Mulica: LPWA has become the rage over the course of the past year in terms of its ability to economically connect many things, and capture and deliver data to those things that wasn’t possible before.

These extremely low levels of economics are produced into the system, so the folks here built an end to end platform that includes the radio layer and the mash up layer, allowing for the connection of all kinds of things and the capture of data from many different applications. This marketplace allows vendors to deliver their sensors and applications into the markets where the networks exist.

Actility itself is now on an open systems march towards LPWA and making that pervasive. The first couple of years have been about building out networks to make sure there is coverage and the first network technology available in this category was LoRa.

To that end, we have six nationwide deployments globally, with many more planned. This also consists of deployments planned in Asia, that will be announced in a couple of weeks and many planned in Europe, with a whole lot going on in North America that should also get announced in the next month or so.

In any event, the idea here is to be a LPWA technology company to embrace many, or even all, radio frequency technologies when they come to market.

 

MWL: The LoRa Alliance has had some high profile backing from some large scale operators in recent weeks. Where does a small player like Actility fit into that ecosystem?  
Mulica: We were one of the co-founders of the LoRa alliance with IBM and SemTech, so, from a strategy stand point, we have invested a lot of time in terms of technical leadership and co-chaired many of the committees around its development. I think we are at 330 members of the alliance now and it is growing fast. The nice thing about it is the fact it operates a structure that’s very open so there can be a lot of different participants at every layer of technology, making it a very accessible market to join. Now, we have big companies like Orange also on board, and Cisco is a large partner of ours from a distribution standpoint, which makes them involved too. It’s got a lot of momentum behind it.

 

MWL: How will Actility respond to NB-IoT standards from 3GPP, and what is your view on some of the other proprietary LPWA technologies on the market? 
Mulica: We will embrace NarrowBand IoT from 3GPP. It is part of our roadmap and we will deliver a NB-IoT capable product as soon as the standards are ratified. It’s been in development and we are excited about that aspect of our product.

We also think there are lots of things that are complimentary about the different radio technologies, and when they come together in the portfolio they are better. At the end of the day, it’s not about the radio technology, as most of these connections are low cost connections, and there’s got to be many, many millions of them happening.

We think the key is creating an environment where it is really easy to connect something and make it happen in a low cost, automated way. There is now a seamless marketplace of having things that are built in an aging territory that might have a particular need for connecting to a certain object.

Radio settings can be seamless and easy to do, similar to the way the internet works. We actually see this as like the internet, and you can plug into the internet in many different ways, through your Ethernet cable or your Wi-Fi modem, it’s sort of irrelevant the way you do it. The real value is in making the ecosystem work in the best possible way.

 

MWL: So you don’t see rival technologies clashing? 
Mulica: I think there are clearly going to be different vendors, but this will be a very low cost market. Many of the vendors that have built up the mobile networks in the past and built that marketplace need to understand this is a different paradigm in terms of the value of the network and the cost of the network – and it may be difficult for them to adjust to this different cost basis.

It’s sort of classic evolution, it’s hard to do the next thing when you became used to the last market.

 

MWL: Are you not at all concerned by competition from rival players like Sigfox for example?
I see it as a positive, it’s good to have funding into this marketplace in a big way and they’ve had great backing, so they are able to be aggressive and raise awareness from an ecosystem perspective of what low power wide area can do and the impact it can have.

In any case, it’s always good to have someone you can compare yourself against, as we are also well funded and it’s a big world. There are even certain aspects of some of the closed technologies that we like, so our strategy from a technology perspective is to be all inclusive.

We are the type of company that is very ecosystem friendly so it’s easy to be a participant at every layer of the market with us – whether you want to be a component supplier or a base station supplier, an operator or an application supplier, there is a lot of entry into those layers and this creates an exponential effect on the amount of R&D we can do.

It’s very difficult to be a vertically integrated company, which makes them a bit more like Apple in their vertically integrated form, while we operate an open ecosystem form, which makes us a bit more like Android, but it’s good to have alternatives.

 

MWL: What is your vision for growth at Actility?
Mulica: We are growing fast and part of that will be to secure more capital to ensure we are in the position in the market that we want to be in. We are in pole position and we want to maintain it. It is crazy from a growth standpoint and we need capital consistent with that growth to be able to capitalise on the market opportunity.

 

MWL: What encouraged you to take the role?
Mulica: My background is mobile, internet, cloud and I probably age myself a little when I say I was in Chicago when Motorola introduced the first mobile phone, and I helped them roll out the first mobile networks of the world. But I’ve always really been focused on reaching markets that will grow globally, and Actility has already done such a great job in getting into this market, deploying its network and getting up and running.

This clearly isn’t just a science project and it looks like the market will really take off in the second half 2016.

Join our Webinar: The technology of LoRaWAN and 3GPP LPWA for the internet of things

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Join our Webinar: The technology of LoRaWAN and 3GPP LPWA for the internet of things

Actility is pleased to invite you to a webinar exploring LPWA technology solutions!

In this webinar, FontOlivier Hersent, CTO and founder of Actility, compares 3GPP and LoRaWAN connectivity technology for the Internet of Things. The presentation is aimed at senior technology managers in telcos, IoT infrastructure vendors and industry verticals such as smart buildings or agriculture. Olivier will delve deeply into the technology and market requirements and present a market segmentation and technology map to reveal how the complementary 3GPP and LoRaWAN LPWA solutions can best be used alongside one another.

The webinar will be offered in two time-slots, for the convenience of our global audience:

June 16 – 09h00 – 09h30 (CET)

June 16 – 17h00 – 17h30 (CET)*

Join us! Please fill in the form below and receive an invite by email:

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Looking forward to welcoming you on this webinar!

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Meet Actility at Mobile World Congress Shanghai

After a highly successful MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Actility will be showcasing their ThingPark platform at MWC in Shanghai, from 29 June till 1 July.

With more than 70 000 attendees, the Mobile World Congress is Asia’s biggest mobile industry event  where thousands of visionary leaders and tech-savvy consumers will gather to experience a connected life. 

Actility  will show its products and demos in the LoRa Alliance Booth, Hall N2, #E86

Actility Appoints Global Technology Executive Mike Mulica as Chief Executive Officer

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Actility Appoints Global Technology Executive Mike Mulica as Chief Executive Officer

Mulica to drive global expansion and rapid growth in the Low Power Wide Area Internet of Things (IoT)

Paris, France, 1st June 2016 –  Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) radio networking and the innovator behind the ThingPark IoT solution platform, has today announced the appointment of high-tech business veteran Mike Mulica as  Chief Executive Officer. Mulica brings decades of experience in leadership roles with globally-focused companies including Phone.com, Openwave, Syncronoss and Real Networks. He has been a business pioneer in transformational technologies including commercial internet, voice over IP and mobile, mobile internet, and cloud.

Backed by prestigious investors including tier-one telcos KPN, Orange and Swisscom and electronics giant Foxconn, Actility is at the forefront of the global IoT revolution. It is supporting national network roll-outs in partnership with operators and broadcasters in six European countries, and a citywide network in Dubai, with deployment projects in two Asian countries in progress and trials under way in the Americas.

“The next transformational global technology wave is IoT,” says Mulica, “and it will trigger an explosion of productivity by connecting and enabling smarter things in domains as varied as as cities, agriculture and factories”. Explaining his decision to join Actility, Mulica adds that: “All of the most successful technology waves were driven by product innovation combined with a global industry architecture. Actility gets that, and Olivier Hersent, Actility CTO and Founder, and his ThingPark team clearly recognise the importance of combining great product architecture with great industry architecture, which together enable a complete and dynamic ecosystem.”

“We’re extremely pleased to have Mike on board, with his experience of driving technology innovation into some of the largest global markets,” says Actility CTO and Founder, Olivier Hersent. “Mike understands service provider, enterprise and direct to consumer markets on a global scale, and his experience and worldwide network of connections will help us meet the demands of rapid growth while maintaining ThingPark as the leading solution platform for IoT.”

“To succeed, IoT needs to become, like the internet itself, an open global ecosystem in which the best people can innovate around products, business models and services,” adds Mulica. “I believe that Actility, with our ThingPark platform and continuing commitment to the rapidly-growing LoRa ecosystem, and to emerging standards such as NB-IoT, is pioneering that open and collaborative approach to IoT. ThingPark allows us to connect things, people and solutions into a meaningful global marketplace”

ThingPark has three main elements: ThingPark Wireless, the core LoRaWAN network infrastructure and tools; ThingPark Cloud, offering Open Data management and protocol translation; and ThingPark Marketplace, the hub of the ecosystem and marketplace. Together, ThingPark is a “one-stop shop” enabling the deployment of end to end services, offering device purchasing and delivery, device activation and registration with IoT networks, application distribution and pairing with devices, worldwide distribution over public networks, and the deployment of private customer networks.

About Actility

Actility is an innovator and industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large scale infrastructure. Actility’s ThingPark™ is a next generation standards-based IoT platform. The ThingPark Wireless LPWA network provides long-range coverage for low-power consumption sensors. ThingPark Cloud offers big data storage for sensor data and exposes sensor capabilities through an open API, enabling developers to create vertical applications using the installed base of sensors. The ThingPark platform offers embedded software solutions and cloud solutions to connect devices with innovative applications. With its dedicated online marketplace for IoT sensors, applications and network solutions, ThingPark simplifies and accelerates the roll-out of innovative IoT services. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance: the largest, most powerful open standards-based enabler of the Internet of Things. To find out more, visit www.thingpark.com.

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Anne van Gemert
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